World War II airplanes provide flights of fancy Six are on display at Martin airport

July 28, 1996|By Robert A. Erlandson and Brenda J. Buote | Robert A. Erlandson and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

An article in Sunday's editions about the display of World War II aircraft at the Glenn L. Martin State Airport misidentified the Grumman F4F Navy Wildcat fighter.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Imagine standing on the catwalk of a B-29 bomber as bombs hurtle toward enemy territory or climbing into the cockpit of an F-15 Navy Wildcat to battle Japanese Zeros.

Such flights of fantasy have drawn hundred of visitors to Martin State Airport in Baltimore County this week.

Six World War II aircraft, including the only B-29 still in flying condition, are on display today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The planes arrived last week and will fly to East Hartford, Conn., tomorrow, beginning about 10 a.m.


"We go on tour from April until September every year," said Margaret Cloyd, 64, of Midland, Texas. "It's the only way the public will ever get a chance to see these old war-birds."

The main attraction at the show is Fifi, the Boeing B-29 bomber. The gray aircraft is similar to "Enola Gay" and "Bockscar," the B-29s that dropped atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, ending World War II.

E. Glenn Rider, 74, of Dundalk went to the airport to catch a glimpse of the bomber. The retired brick mason was a tail gunner stationed in Guam during the final days of the war.

"It's great that these planes are on display and in such good condition," Rider said. "Younger people who don't remember the war are able to get an idea of what it was like for the airmen who fought in the Pacific."

The show is sponsored by the Confederate Air Force, a nonprofit volunteer group that restores and maintains historic aircraft using private and corporate donations. The tour is considered by organizers to be a "flying museum" appealing to all, not simply aviation buffs.

"I think the planes are beautiful," said Anthony Holtz, 12, of Catonsville. "I've loved old airplanes ever since I started building model planes with my Dad three years ago."

Also at Martin State Airport is a B-24 Liberator, an F-15 Navy Wildcat and a C-46 cargo carrier named "The Tinker Bell."

Admission to the show is $5 for adults; free for children under 12. An additional fee is charged for tours inside the planes.

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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