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June 22, 2022

100-year-old U.S. veteran Ed Cottrel

Take a ride in the cockpit of a WWII-era plane with 100-year-old U.S. veteran Ed Cottrell. He dedicated the event to fallen airmen who were comrades during his service in Belgium nearly 80 years ago. The historic flight took off from the Sint Truiden airfield to the cheers of an international team of fans and supporters – and included a surprise mid-air visit by a Spitfire along the way!

Meet Ed Cottrell

Historic flight of WWI pilot Ed Cottrell