“Never say never is right,” Oklahoma veterans fly back in time

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CHICKASHA, Okla. - It was a reunion half a century in the making as two veterans take a historic trip through the Grady County skies.

One of the few airworthy B-17s made its way to the Sooner State on Friday, giving the two Oklahoma vets a ride back in time.

Bill and Burrel spent decades serving our country.

"I just like (airplanes)," explained Bill Crittenden. "I like to fly 'em, flew the little ones, I never flew the big ones."

"Always wanted to fly, built model airplanes as a teenager," said Burrel Gambel.

Burrel was an instructor on B-17s back in World War II. Bill never got the chance to ride in one until Friday.

This historic trip aboard the 'Sentimental Journey', came about courtesy of the Flying Legends of Victory Tour and the City of Chickasha.

The ride lasted approximately 30 minutes, captured by Bob Moore Chopper 4.

"I didn't think I'd ever get to ride in one, but I did," said Crittenden, hundreds of feet in the air. "Never say never is right."

'The Sentimental Journey' will be open for public tours both Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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