Retired Brig. Gen. George Bartlett, a former navigator bombardier during WWII, stands near a B-25 Mitchell bomber May 18 during the 2014 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show. Bartlett flew out of Cherry Point 70 years ago in a North American Aviation patrol bomber, a naval version of the B-25, for combat in the South Pacific. While there, he flew 75 combat missions. His return flight to the air station for the air show marked a significant milestone not just in aviation history, but in the passing of the torch from an older generation to a new one, said the 90-year-old aviator. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dickerson)
As he flew into Cherry Point for the 2014 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show in “Panchito,” a B-25 Mitchell bomber, retired Brig. Gen. George Bartlett felt a sense of nostalgia come over him. . .
According to May, it is not uncommon for former service members to get emotional when they see the aircraft. “They will come up to the plane and literally stand there and cry,” she said. “It is heartwarming to see that.”