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History takes flight with World War II plane tour in Bethany

The Wings of Freedom Tour at Wiley Post Airport is in Bethany through Sunday. The event will feature a number of World War II-era airplanes, such as a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, a P-51 Mustang fighter and a B-24 bomber.
by Adam Kemp Modified: April 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm •  Published: April 7, 2013

Dan Stroud works as a volunteer guide for the tour. He said loves the job because he's able to relay history to those who did not grow up around planes like he did.

Stroud said one of his favorite moments was when a veteran visited and he was able to explain to the man's family how important his job aboard the aircraft was.

“He was mid- to late-80s and he couldn't speak very well,” Stroud said. “I took the family into the plane and I explained what he did for his job and how important a member of the crew he was and what he did to save other people's lives. He started tearing up because he couldn't communicate that with them, but now they know what he did, and that's pretty special.”

Stroud said he feels honored to be able to tell the stories of the veterans through the wings and propellers that were there.

“It's a flying museum,” he said. “Everyday we lose more and more veterans. The more we can get the word out for their loved ones to come out and see how important their loved ones were, the better our next generation will be.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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