Aircraft

To Rise and Fly Again

They fly out of the sun, the supercharged engines splitting the air. You can almost hear the big guns hammering and feel the sights trained on your tail. Rod Lewis was not out to start a cozy, static air museum when he purchased his first WWII vintage airplane in 1995. Instead that first warbird inspired him to recreate the thrill of the aerial battlefield on which our freedom was defended, while paying tribute to the brave fliers and crews who fought, died and endured. Rescued from corn fields, barns, bottoms of lakes – even the bottom of a glacier – these 24 noble aircraft rise from the ashes, don their war paint and keep history flying.