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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A local veteran flew in a B-29 bomber today, for the first time since he served in World War Two.

Jerry Micka flew on 29 missions in his B-29, now at 91 years old, he is living in Cedar Rapids.

During the war, Jerry was a B-29 top tier gunner.

"It means a lot because now I'll be able to get up in the B-29 again," he told us before the flight.

This time, his son Mike would be by his side.

"I love my son, it's gonna be fun," said Jerry.

So together, they climbed into the plane and took off, after a half hour of flying, Jerry was nothing but smiles.

 "Well it was a lot of fun they let me do some of the things, but I couldn't shoot the guns, no 50 caliber shells," he said.

Jerry's family came from all over to support his chance to fly in a B-29 again.

"For the family it's been wonderful, just to relive some of this with him and realize what he went through, if it wasn't for that, none of us would be here," Mike told us.

George Rickey, the public relations and media coordinator for Eastern Iowa Honor Flight told us, "Jerry flew 29 missions off Tinian in the Pacific, including humanitarian missions at the end of World War Two when they dropped relief supplies to the American POW's held in Japan."

"We had parachutes for each one of these, so when we came over to their area, we opened the bomb bay doors and let them go down, and they really went out of their minds they were so happy, and we were just as happy as they were, just to be able to help somebody out you know how that goes."

Jerry said that mission was one of his last, but of all 29 missions it was his favorite because he was able to help his friends.

The B-29, "FIFI" Jerry flew in today, is the last one still flying in the entire world.

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