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Packers Coach Takes B-17 Flight


Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and family members received quite an honor Thursday. They took to the skies above Green Bay in a historic World War II plane.

96-year old Bob Schneider couldn't be happier.

"I'm very proud," says Schneider.

The World War II B-17 bombardier is about to witness his family fly in a B-17, including his four children, great-granddaughter and his pretty well-known grandson-in-law.

"Alright, let's go bomb Chicago," jokes Mike McCarthy. 

With training camp still a week away, McCarthy says he jumped at the chance to pay tribute to his wife's grandfather.

"Blessing to be here to honor Bob Schneider, our grandfather, who obviously was a part of World War II, and just to be able to experience this and go up in a B-17 is truly a blessing," says McCarthy.

"Oh a great guy, one of the greatest guys, what a family man, and he's really special, special in my life, too," says Schneider.

As part of its national tour, the EAA's restored B-17, named Aluminum Overcast, will spend the next 3 days outside Jet Air offering tours and flights.

After many missions and many close calls over Europe, Schneider is content to stay on the ground.

"We were in danger, every mission was dangerous, and so we were happy to not get on another one. I had my fill of them," says Schneider

The engines roar for 30 minutes high above Green Bay, and for those inside the B-17, history comes alive.

Safe to say Coach McCarthy's bucket list is a little shorter tonight.

"This is probably as adventurous as anything I've ever done," says McCarthy, smiling.

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