Tuesday, August 5, 2014


We had an exciting day today.  We went to see a B17 land in Sunbury.  To learn more about why, please read article below, taken from the daily Item:

Northumberland says a final goodbye to military hero Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk today, with flags continuing at half mast in the borough until 6 p.m.

A World War II B-17 bomber flying out of Cleveland, Ohio will time its arrival to 12:30 p.m., and make two flyovers at 1,000 feet over the Riverview Cemetery burial site at precisely the time when VanKirk is being interred, said Northumberland Mayor Len Zboray.

The actual service is not open to the public, at the request of family members who asked for privacy at the gravesite.

After the flyover, the B-17, The Memphis Belle, will land at about 12:45 p.m. at Sunbury Airport on Packer Island, where members of the Liberty Foundation will conduct free tours of the plane until 6 p.m.

The Packer Island airstrip is where VanKirk landed 70 years ago, when he returned home from World War II


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