AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – If you heard a rumble in the sky Tuesday morning and looked outside to see a vintage bomber up in the air you weren’t imagining things.
Last summer, the airshow at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport brought tens-of-thousands of people to the airport in Avoca.
While there isn’t a big event planned this summer, airport officials will still be offering you a chance to see some military planes up close this week.
Starting Wednesday morning, three plans will be on display at the airport.
The highlight will be a plane called “Fifi,” which is only one of two B-29 bombers in the world that still flies.
First flown in 1942, Fifi, the Boeing B-29 Super Fortress, made quite an entrance at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Tuesday.
Best known as the type of aircraft whose mission over Japan helped end World War II, her arrival was emotional for some.
“Ohhhh, it brings back some of the memories, you know,” World War II veteran John Lubek said.
John Lubek, 93, is a World War II Veteran.
Lubek got drafted at the age of 18 and is glad Fifi is still flying to teach young kids about the history he lived through.
“It makes you feel good all over, you know,” Lubek said.
Once destined to be used as a missile target, Fifi was rescued and restored by the Commemorative Air Force.
The plane now travels coast-to-coast and commanders say their greatest thrill is getting to meet old vets.
“Let me tell you when they’re sitting up there and there’s tears running down their face because of those memories rushing back, for them, and their families its really a meaningful thing,” aircraft commander Allen Benzing said.
John Lubek wanted to come out and greet the plane after its arrival in Avoca.
He was amazed by its condition.
“How do they keep them in great shape after all these years?” Lubek questioned.
Since that was a good question, we asked the aircraft commander.
“There’s five months of the year when this airplane is being worked on so when we take it out seven months of the year on tour, it’s in beautiful condition!” Benzing said.
From Wednesday morning until Sunday, Fifi and two other vintage military planes will be on display for the public. The hours from from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 11 to 18. Kids ages 10 and under are free.
The public can also take a ride in the planes. A fee applies. For a schedule and pricing list, visit www.airpowertour.org