Updated: July 22, 2021 10:55 PM
Created: July 22, 2021 10:33 PM
(ABC 6 News) - We study history but seldom do we get to live history.
A World War II bomber landed in Mason City. It's one of the U.S. planes that took part in the D-Day Invasion. This day was very emotional for some people, who have a personal connection to planes like this one.
"Dad, I've always been proud of you, but today made me realize how much you really sacrificed," Lauralee Calgaard said.
Over 75 years ago, brave men and women were paratroopers on a WWII plane called That's All, Brother.
Lauralee's dad was a paratrooper on a different C-47, but she got the chance to experience what her dad experienced so long ago.
"Once I was up there, I remembered all of the things my dad talked about. It just felt good to be where he was at and he always told me, now that's the best sleep I ever get, when I'm riding right before I jump," Calgaard said.
Now I got a chance to fly in this plane. Take a look at this view, it's beautiful!
Walk with me down this way, you can see how tight it is. Up ahead, that's where the pilots sit. They were having a good time, giving a thumbs up, all in good spirits.
"We use these airplanes as a tool to tell a story. I believe the stories of World War II and the lessons of World War II are incredibly relevant given what's going on in the world today," pilot Doug Rozendall said.
Doug and his team from Commemorative Air Force restored That's All, Brother to its 1944 condition. It's living history.
"We're out here to tell a story and to make sure the story of the men that flew this airplane 77 years ago isn't forgotten," pilot Joe Enzminger said.
And those stories will live forever in people like Lauralee. Read about how she describes her dad.
"He became a paratrooper because it was ten dollars more a month you could send home to your parents who were raising 10 kids and you didn't know when you were getting into but it was all for the good," Calgaard said.
This airship is here in Mason City for a few days but, as long as it flies, the message of courage and bravery will live on.
Tours are open to the public at the Mason City Airport Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you would like to book a flight, you can visit here.
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