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World War II Veteran reunited with former training plane

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 The 9th Annual Center Fly- in Air Show was chance for the Shelby County community to get a view from a different perspective.

The event included free flights for the kids and flight stunt pilots for everyone to enjoy.

"Shelby county kids, we just try to give them something that they can do," said Jenny Fancher, Assistant Director, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

"About 15 planes flew in to Center for the air show including one from 1943."

"It's a 1943, UC78 B, it was originally a military trainer," said Terry Sullivan, Pilot.

 90-year-old W.I. Davis recognized it as soon as it taxied in, he spent 400 hours training in one during World War II.

 "These were used primarily for twin engine training, I guess 1944 was the first time I flew one of these," said Davis.    

Davis was a part of the Army Air Core and trained in the plane to get comfortable with more complicated models.

"Training pilots to fly B-17's, B-24's, multi-engine planes, this was just to get you familiar with operating more than one engine," said Davis.

 It took Terry Sullivan about five years to restore the plane to its former glory.  

He says meeting veterans like Davis is just an added bonus to restoring planes.

"They're a piece of history, they're walking history books, that's why I focus my attention on people who did it for real and went to war, we owe them a lot," said Sullivan.

For Davis, seeing a plan he hadn't seen in decades was an unexpected gift.

"Its just a great experience getting to see it and see that its been restored and the shape its in, it looks probably better than the last one I flew," said Davis.

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