B-25 bomber hits target on Fourth
Visitors to the 62nd annual Estherville Fourth of July Flight Breakfast Sunday were impressed by the B-25J Mitchell World War II aircraft.
The roar the two 1700-horsepower engines made on takeoff showed the plane’s power.
Those few that rode inside had a different respective.
“It wasn’t as noisy-they had good headsets,” said Doc Archer. “It was a great ride and smooth.”
Archer was one of the first riders and the flight crew “took a nice ride around the Lakes.
“Once up there, you could walk all around,” Archer said.
Virgil Bonner said it was “wonderful ride.”
“It was an experience of a life time,” said Bonner, who served in the ground forces.
“It was quite an experience and a lot smoother than I expected-going up and coming down,” said Darryl Brawner.
Brent Shatto said he expected a rough ride, but that it was very smooth.
“I want to thank Noon Kiwanis for drawing the winning ticket for me,” said Shatto, a former president of the club. Noon Kiwanis purchased one of the tickets and drew a winner from its list of members. “To see and feel what airmen does was an amazing experience.”
Shatto added that if he ad the extra money, he’d definitely ride again.
Even though this year’s Flight Breakfast conflicted with church services, Estherville Chamber Director said the line was steady all day.
Armstrong Fourth activities
While it rained for about a half hour in Armstrong Sunday morning, parade-goers experienced little more than a couple sprinkles in the afternoon.
The parade lasted about 45 minutes with the usual activities in the park drawing residents and visitors to a one-block area for food, visiting, the Armstrong-Ringsted Jazz Band, the kiddie tractor pull and other kid’s games.