Clark Cregger has waited for this moment for a long time.
"I'm here because I flew in the baby 21 missions and I just like to fly one more time before I die," Cregger said.
Cregger's from Salem and fought in World War Two, flying into England and over Germany. He was a radio operator, in charge of decoding all mission information and keeping the plane untraceable.
"I first joined the army when I was 15, then after 10 months they found it out and discharged me. So the day I turned 18 I went back and signed up," Cregger said.
He couldn't stop inspecting the B-17 Flying Fortress. A plane made famous for its role in bombing German targets during the war.
"What comes to mind when you see this plane?" I asked, as we walked by the plane's wing.
"A lot of noise," Cregger said. "I went through a period where it bothered me. It don't bother me anymore."
The plane, along with this B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang, stopped at the Blue Ridge Regional Airport in Henry County.
The flight is part of a multi-city visit called the Wings of Freedom tour from the Collings Foundation in Massachusetts.
Veteran pilot Russell Robinson found his name on the B-24.
"34 missions. Over Germany," Robinson said.
He's from Roanoke and the only remaining survivor of his crew.
"At the time you're just part of the game, it's part of living. Later on you realize it's different," Robinson said.
Robinson had a big grin on his face during the interview. He says that's called excitement because when the planes left at noon, he and Clark Cregger were inside. Both men say it will most likely be their last flight.
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