LB Prino 1991 Galveston Daily News

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LB Prino 1991 Galveston Daily News - money. its share LIBERATING MEMORIES OF WAR...
money. its share LIBERATING MEMORIES OF WAR Staff photo by Robert W. Ftoo L.B. Prino stands in front of a Wqrld War //-era B-24 Liberator Thursday at the Lone Star Flight Museum World's onl/flying B-24 lands on island D.t l/MJfci s*imn\/ By JOHN CURRY The Dally News GALVESTON — L.B. Prino's stomach knotted as the bumblebee-shaped B-24 bomber touched down. "It hits you right there," said Prino, pointing to his midsection. The bomber, which .landed in Galveston Thursday, is the only completely-restored B- 24 from World War II that still flies. More than 19,250 of the planes were built. During World War II, Prino conducted tests on the B-24 bomber while serving in the Army in Biloxi, Miss,, He flew several times aboard a plane similar to the one that landed on Galveston, which will be on display through Saturday at the Lone Star Flight Museum. But he was unprepared for the flood of memories that washed over him when he saw the Consolidated B-24 Liberator for the first time in almost 50 years. 'It's amazing," was all he could say. "It's "I have seen them before in films and pictures, but to be able to fly on one is a dream come true." Ray Fetterman amazing this thing is still in excellent shape." The plane's condition is the work of Bob Collings of the Collings Foundation in Massachusetts. He purchased a dilapidated B-24 in 1984 from an Englishman and invested more than $1.3 million and 97,000 man-hours into its restoration. The gray beauty that sits in Galveston is the result. "It's an antique," said Prino, who served as an engineer and waist gunner. "It's like having a Picasso. When it's gone, that's it." It is unlikely the crew that takes care of this plane will ever let it go. Crewman Ray rour luucmaiuwjaiou jrccu». it is ummeiy me crew inai laites care 01 force Bai other li ' s amazing," was all he could say. "It's this plane will ever let it go. Crewman Ray most mat Fetterman of Houston talks excitedly about working for and flying on the antique. "These planes have been flying before I was born," Fetterman said. "I have seen them before in films and pictures, but to be able to fly on one is a dream come true." Fetterman said the Collings Foundation decided to restore the plane to flying condition instead of repairing the shell and parking it in a museum. "This way more people get to see it," Fetterman said. He and the Air American crew fly the plane across the country during the year. Galveston resident Mary Faye Barnes is glad the plane flew to Galveston. Her older brother in Massachusetts flew the B-24 during World War II. "I wanted to see the plane my big brother flew," she said. "My brother said when the plane landed (on its tour) at Westover Air force Base in Massachusetts, the sound almost made him cry." council letter Kurdish war of them. the is

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 12 Apr 1991, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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