EVERETT, Wash. -- A 93-year-old World War II veteran was surprised with a wish come true.
Dexter Baker told team members at the Aegis Living Center in Redmond that he would really like to fly in a World War II bomber one more time. They secretly contacted the Historic Flight Foundation in Everett and set it up.
They told Baker they were taking him to an auto museum. So he was surprised when they pulled up at Paine Field, and even more surprised when a pilot greeted him and asked if he was ready for a flight.
“Sure,” answered the retired colonel, who was 20 years old when he first took the helm of a B-24 named the “Golden Goose” that wreaked havoc on enemy targets in the South Pacific. He said he loved the B-24 and the B-25 that he also flew while stationed in Australia.
He smiled as he climbed aboard the B-25.
“Oh yeah, this was the noisiest son of a bitch in the United States Air Force,” he said.
The smile never left his face. From takeoff to landing, he was grinning and remembering those early years that shaped the military career that lasted for decades.
After Wednesday's flight, he said he’s never enjoyed anything as wonderful as that.