Timeless Voices - Harold Olsen
Harold Olsen (1921-2009) was a B-17 copilot with the 95th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force during World War II. His plane was shot down on his very first mission, March 16, 1944, and Harold become a POW in Stalag Luft III for the duration of the war.
In Bomber Aircraft
Timeless Voices - Joe Kittinger
Joe Kittinger is best known for the high-altitude balloon flights and record-setting parachute jumps that he made while heading the U.S. Air Force's "Project Manhigh" and "Project Excelsior" in the 1950s and 1960s.
Timeless Voices - Lester RentmeesterC
Lester Rentmeester served as a B-17 pilot with the 324th Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force during World War II. After the war, Lester served in the Air Force working in photo reconnaissance until retiring in 1972.
B-29 Crew Members Meet Again
B-29 Aircraft Commander Lewis Graham and Tailgunner Donald Hundt are the only two remaining from their crew. They met up again at AirVenture 2011, likely for the last time.
Timeless Voices - Leo Thorsness
Medal of Honor recipient Leo Thorsness was a USAF F-105 fighter pilot with the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron during the Vietnam War. He was shot down on April 30, 1967 and spent six years as a POW in North Vietnam.
Timeless Voices - Clarence "Clancy" Hess
Clancy Hess had his first flight lesson with air racer Johnny Livingston in 1930. He was a charter member of AOPA in 1939, flew dive bombers as a Marine aviator during World War Two, and had a 32-year flying career with American Airlines.
Timeless Voices - Doug Holt
Doug Holt was only 19 years old when he went into combat flying B-17s with the 534th Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force during World War II. At only 5 feet 4 inches tall, he was also one of the shortest B-17 pilots of the war!