BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -
You've probably never heard of the Vultee airplane, but they helped train the pilots that helped America win World War II. Today, one of those ancient warbirds will return to the place it served.
Tom Smith will fly his 1942 Vultee BT-15 back to the site where it began its journey 72 years ago, the Bainbridge Army Air Field.
In 1942, the United States Army constructed a Basic Training Air Field in Decatur County at the site that is now the County's Industrial Park. Flight training began in August of that year with the BT-13. Because of a shortage of Pratt and Whitney engines, Vultee used the BT-13 frames and equipped them with Wright engines, creating the Vultee BT-15 (Basic Trainer-15).
Local groups are welcoming the plane at the Airport in the Industrial Park at 413 4th Ramp, at 11:30 am Friday.Photography is welcome, and they invite folks to wear patriotic outfits. They want to make a photo collage of people with this rare, historic plane.