Parker Konrath got the ultimate birthday present from his dad, Greg, this week – a ride in the sole remaining B-24 WWII bomber.
The pair was touring three historic planes this week during the Wings of Freedom Tour organized by the Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation when the casual tour came to an abrupt end as the volunteer crew prepared for the final flight of the day.
“They happened to have a couple seats left on the B-24, and seeing as his birthday was coming up this weekend, we decided to take a ride,” Konrath explained. “He hasn’t stopped talking about it since!”
History buff Forrest Young said his ride in the P-51C Mustang “was absolutely amazing, and something I’ve always wanted to do before I shook off this mortal coil!”
He even had the opportunity to pilot the plane – if only for a few moments on a straight and steady course.
“I’d absolutely recommend it for anyone else should they ever have the opportunity, but would suggest taking a Dramamine first!” he confessed.