WWII plane lands in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A piece of World War II history flew into the hub city Tuesday.

The Boeing B-17 flying fortress known as the "Nine O' Nine" landed Tuesday at the Bobby Chain Airport as part of the Collings Foundation's 2013 "Wings of Freedom" tour.

Veterans in the community were invited to step inside and go to the skies for a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about this aviation treasure.

For $425 visitors could take a seat, and even go for a quick ride. 91-year-old veteran, Charles Hull of Madison was one of the special guests who says looking at the aircraft brings back memories of fighting for his country.

"Most of the veterans were willing to fight and give their lives. We knew we were expendable," said Hull.

The B-17 is one of only eight planes that remains in good flying condition in the United States.

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