World War II pilot, 92, visits antique aircraft
BEMIDJI -- AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji performed an annual inspection this week on an Army model 1942 North American AT-6 trainer in the Civil Air Patrol hangar at the Bemidji Regional Airport.
On Tuesday, the aircraft was visited by 92-year-old Jack Fylpaa, a former U.S. Navy pilot during World War II who flew this type of aircraft in active and reserve service.
Fylpaa flew flying boats in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was stationed in Japan after the cessation of hostilities. He now resides with his son John in Bemidji, who brought him to the airport to see this project.