|Updated: 9/10/2012 9:01 am
||Published: 9/09/2012 5:12 pm
JACKSONVILLE, AR - Sunday, the Little Rock Air Show attracted tens of thousands, and while the Blue Angels may be the big draw, they can also connect with veterans who have flown planes into battle.
World War II veteran Bill McGinley was shot down in Belgium in his bomber.
"My momma got a telegram from the German government that I was killed when the bomber blew up. It took seven and a half months 'til I could notify her when I got back to England," says McGinley.
McGinley spent those months underground, staying with families for several weeks at a time.
"The food would run out and they said you Americans got big stomachs, so I had to move to another house," he says.
Ralph Bemis spent 14 years stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base. He loaded cargo planes in Vietnam before getting shot down in his C-130.
"We got hit by triple A and small arms and load caught fire, the wing of the aircraft caught fire and we had to crash it," says Bemis.
Children, like Cody Loggins, enjoy seeing the jets and meeting the veterans.
"They were kind of doing like backflips and kind of racing back and forth and going up in the sky," says Loggins.
Cody thinks he might want a career flying military planes.
"Just fly the jet over people make a lot of sound," he says.
Meeting their admirers is something the veterans really enjoy.
"It makes me feel good. It really does," says Bemis.
"One of these days, he might look back and say, well, I knew that man. That's enough for me," says McGinley.