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Local pilot, WWII vet gets blast from the past
Roy McCaldin who use to fly B-17s in WWII takes his first glance in ten years at the cockpit area of a B-17 prior to its flight from Chandler to Marana last week in part Wing of Freedom tour.
During the Wings of Freedom tour from Chandler to Phoenix, local resident Roy McCaldin, who use to fly B-17s in WWII, got a chance to fly one for about 15 minutes. One of his close-call stories from the war includes him diving headfirst out the bottom hatch of the plane after it was shot and on its way down.
Reflected in the gauges on one of about a dozen operable B-17s, Roy McCaldin familiarizes himself with the controls he knew by heart during WWII where he was the pilot on six missions - the sixth being the one where he got shot down.