Veteran takes flight down memory lane

By: Nick Rothschild Email
By: Nick Rothschild Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. In the early 1950's thousands of Americans fought in the Korean War. Many of them flew in airplanes like the B-29 - including the one called FIFI that is here in Grand Junction - including 80-year-old Romaine D. Round.

Fast forward 60 years later and the Korean War veteran is reunited with this unique war-designed aircraft at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Round was a tail gunner during the Korean War. He flew in a B-29 just like FIFI. There are very few of this type of aircraft that are still able to fly, and FIFI is one of the few that makes appearences across the country.

For Round, this aircraft type that he spent a lot of time in is both a sad and happy reminder of what his generation sacrificed for America.

"It brings back all kinds of old memories. Memories of good times and bad times," said Round. "I was scared to death part of the time."

Round says he and his crew used to fly as high as 30,000 feet in a B-29 which was very unusual back then.

You can see part of american war and aviation history for yourself but you don't have much time. The B-29 will be on display until Wednesday. It's located at West Star Aviation, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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