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B-25 bomber hits target on Fourth

By Staff | Jul 6, 2010

Spectators watch the B-25 bomber land at the 62nd annual Estherville Flight Breakfast on Sunday at the Estherville Airport. Find more photos from the Fourth on Page 2 of today’s Daily News and online at cu.esthervilledailynews.com. EDN photo by David Swartz

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.

This B-25 World War II bomber is towed by a 1956 International Utility 300 for refueling at the Estherville Airport on Saturday.

“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.

This patriotic float touting the Valley Vue Care Center of Armstrong carries the nursing home’s king Everett Thompson and queen Dorothy Peterson. Find more Fourth photos on Page 2. EDN photo by David Swartz

“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.