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The Wings of Freedom Tour is a chance for the Coast to get an up-close look at real planes from World War II.
For some, like 90-year-old Gulfport WWII veteran Jack Oyster, it’s a chance to look back. Jack was at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport today for day two of the Collings Foundation’s tour.
The B-17 is one of the planes on display. Jack says after his plane was shot down on a mission to Germany, he was forced to jump out of a B-17 at over 29,000 feet before becoming a prisoner of war to the Germans in 1945.
He tells News 25 he likes the B-24 air craft better, a plane he flew 13 missions on, one of those missions he survived a crash landing.
Jack tells News 25 what it’s like to revisit the B-24 Liberator. “It brought back memories of Sam, my pilot, who saved all of our lives, the guy that was my first pilot. Sam just passed away about a month and a half ago. So Sam, if you’re looking around up there, I’ll come see you after a while.”
The Wings of Freedom Tour is at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport until Wednesday at noon. Guests can stop by and explore inside the WWII planes or jump aboard a flight.

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