Two World War II planes along with their crews landed at Carl Keller Field Monday as part of annual training exercises. The group — from the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Mich., — brought B-17 and B-25 bombers out for check rides for the first time after maintenance.
“Once a year we have to have the check rides for all of our pilots who fly this aircraft,” said Gene Wedekemper, volunteer with the Yankee Museum and 747 pilot for Delta Airlines.
The check rides are thorough and demanding, according to Wedekemper. They include simulated engine failure, various emergency situations and multiple approaches, similar to the check rides used by the professional airlines.