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Old pilots, bold pilots.

They're both high-mileage, and probably both have replacement parts keeping 'em going.
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Bill Prindible, a veteran U.S. Army pilot who flew on D-Day, takes the controls of a C-47 Skytrain aircraft during a flight over Normandy, France, June 5, 2014, as part of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The morning of June 6, 1944, Allied forces conducted a massive airborne assault and amphibious landing in the Normandy region of France. The invasion marked the beginning of the final phase of World War II in Europe, which ended with the surrender of Germany the following May. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan, U.S. Air Force/Released)

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...and you can bet the instrument panel he used 70 years ago looked a LOT more primitive than that (not to mention the Bose noise-cancelling headset--nice touch).

Appropriate, given his personal courage helped shape a world where those things could be dreamt up and achieved in a mind-bogglingly short period of time.

And I think we have our own Greatest Generation today, sprinkled amongst us lesser folk. It's just that the guttersnipes hold the microphone right now, but I don't think that'll last forever. It'll take a lot more pounding to kill the spirit this man defended and then nurtured after he stepped off the troop ship in 1945.
 
How wonderful that he gets to do it "one last time".
He, and his brothers helped save the world from the NAZI scourge..
God bless him & his...
 
Great plane and great crew.  THey both deserve our respect and admiration.

I bet he would do it again, if asked to.