Okay, I’m going to start with a disclaimer here. The slice of Texas as well as WWII history that we took advantage of is possibly dangerous so I won’t tell you that you should try it. Instead, I will just tell you that my family learned a lot and had a great time on our flight on a WWII C-47 out of Meacham Field, or Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
It is hard on a good day to interest young people in history, even the history of their own family, so when we learned of the Greatest Generation flight on an authentic WWII plane, we jumped at the opportunity, booking a flight on a Douglas C-47. Besides, it made for some great Christmas gifts.
If you have an interest at all, here’s what you can expect after checking in at Meacham.
First of all, you will be walked outside where you will be loaded on the deuce and transported to your plane.
As I told you, we flew on the Douglas C-47.
Upon boarding (if you haven’t already), you will have a moment when you wonder what in the heck you are doing. The way I translate that is that if people in this modern world who have flown a lot feel that way, can you just imagine the fear our fathers and grandfathers must have felt when they were crowded into these flying machines…awaiting a destination where others would be trying to kill them?
I need to warn you that the pilot won’t be in uniform. He’ll board along with you, probably carrying a cup of hot chocolate and ready to answer questions! After takeoff, guests are free to walk around, take pictures, and ask questions…without interfering with the pilot too much, that is.
And, yes, in case you are wondering, those round things in the windows are holes that you can actually stick your fingers through while in flight. Of course, they were used for firing out of once upon a time.
As you can see our little ones had a great time as they flew over the skies of Fort Worth, and they learned a little more about the days of their great-grandfathers.
Yes, it was loud; yes it shook a bit, and yes it was a bit scary…but now we KNOW, and I would not take for that!