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Museum brings historic war birds to Grayson County

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A World War II,  B-25 Mitchell sits at the North Texas Regional Airport for people to come and fly in. A World War II, B-25 Mitchell sits at the North Texas Regional Airport for people to come and fly in.

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas  -- The Cavanaugh Flight Museum brought history to life Saturday at the North Texas Regional Airport. 

The roaring thunder of engines and the smell of gasoline were present at the North Texas Regional Airport Saturday as the Cavanaugh Flight Museum brought historic war birds to the runway. 

"You actually get to see them fly, hear them and smell them," said Cavanaugh Flight Museum Executive Director, Dough Jeanes. "It's just a fun event for everybody." 

A World War II B-25 Mitchell and a Huey Helicopter used in the Vietnam War were just a few of the historic air craft ready to fly at the first American History War Bird Ride Day. 

"It's a bucket list item for a lot of people," said Ben Wilson, a volunteer pilot with the museum. "A lot of times you don't realize people have certain personal connections, be it their grand father, great grand father or great grandmother who flew these airplanes back in World War II or during the service." 

That's the case for one family who's already well acquainted with one of the historic air crafts. 

"Today we rode in a Huey Helicopter," said Dwayne Eason. "It's very interesting because my cousins rode in one in Vietnam and I'm very proud."

"I've always been real intrigued by them," added Rodney Eason. "It's nice to be able to get in one and take a flight." 

As aviation enthusiasts, the Eason's say their ride is one they'll always remember. 

"They did some pretty good banks to the left and right to give you a really good visual of the ground," said Eason. 

An experience the Cavanaugh Flight Museum strives to keep as they expand their mission of bringing historic aircraft to life into Grayson County. 

"We're spoiled because we get to see them every day, but a lot of folks don't get to see them... let alone fly," said Wilson. 

The Museum says they hope to keep working with Sherman's Experimental Aircraft Association and plan on having an air show in the near future. 

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