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(Center) Retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel, 92-year-old World War II veteran, places his hand on the side of a P-47 Thunderbolt for the first time in years with the assistance of Charles Hainline, Tom Gregory, both P-47 Thunderbolt Heritage Flight pilots, and U.S. Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2015. Hertel was given the opportunity to visit the aircraft he flew during WWII, up-close and personal, during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson)


WWII pilot reunited with P-47

(Center) Retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel, 92-year-old World War II veteran, places his hand on the side of a P-47 Thunderbolt for the first time in years with the assistance of Charles Hainline, Tom Gregory, both P-47 Thunderbolt Heritage Flight pilots, and U.S. Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2015. Hertel was given the opportunity to visit the aircraft he flew during WWII, up-close and personal, during the 2015 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson)

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