WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – The last of the Collings Foundation vintage World War II aircraft have departed Bradley International Airport. Before takeoff, the B-25 crew requested permission from the air traffic control tower to take an extra minute on the runway before taking off.
In that minute, the crew made an emotional tribute to those involved in the deadly B-17 crash. Listen to the full audio below:
B-25: Hey, uh, tower B-25 any chance to take a second to say something?
Tower: Go head.
B-25: This is difficult, but bear with us… I think for everybody here, our crew, and the entire Collings Foundation, we’re very appreciative and deeply sorrow for everything. To all of you here at the airport, the people of Connecticut, and especially those families that were involved in this tragedy this week. On a personal note, and I guess it’s even more difficult, because we never do it, but uh…we got to leave behind two of our friends Mac and Mike and our brothers and fellow crew. Also a salute to our good ol’ friend, the 909.
[inaudible] B-25s ready for departure.
Tower: Thank you very much, I’ll pass the word along. Runway 6 cleared for takeoff.
B-25: Clear to go, Runway 6, 3476G. Thank you guys.
Tower: Safe journeys, guys.