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'When Can We Jump Out Of This Plane?'


Last updated 10/28/2019 at 2:11pm

Brevard’s Lieutenant Colonel Bill Clarke U.S. Air Force, retired visited 96-year-old Ray Pegram in Rutherfordton, N.C. to compare stories about flying in the WWII-era C-47 troop carrier. That plane became known as the “Gooney Bird” when it was used in Vietnam. Clarke was navigator flying one from Sacramento to Saigon for use in the Vietnam war.

The two veterans related immediately. Clarke was curious about Pegram’s WWII experience.

“What was the mood of those paratroopers?” he asked Pegram, who was a radio operator in a C-47 dropping the 101st Airborne Pathfinder Paratroops...

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