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W W II vets enjoy restored bomber planes

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PASCO, Wash. -- Two restored World War II bombers are here in the Tri-Cities for Water Follies weekend.

There's a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Sentimental Journey, " and a B-25 Mitchell they call "Maid in the Shade."

The planes made several combat flights during World War II. The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is offering people a chance to see these historic bombers up close with tours and flights.

Seeing the planes brought back memories for World War II vet, Richard Pettee,"we were hit, never shot down. The pilot and I were the only ones to come back in one piece," he says.

He and the pilot, the only ones to survive that trip. Pettee served as a gunner in a B-25 and flew in more than 40 missions.

The historic planes are part of the water follies air show, but they're also available for rides and tours during the entire weekend.