Wiscasset, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some remarkable veterans of World War II are causing excitement in Wiscasset.
Five combat airplanes - the pilots call them "war-birds" -- have taken up residence at the Wiscasset Airport for a few months.
The planes include a P-40 fighter, a Corsair fighter, a B-25 bomber, a P-51 Mustang and, rarest of all, a Japanese Zero fighter plane. The Zero is said to be one of only two in the world that can still fly.
All the planes, in fact, have been restored to near-original condition and they do fly. They're owned by the Texas Flying Legends Museum, which plans to bring them to Wiscasset for part of each year. Chief Pilot Warren Pietsch says the planes were purchased from other collectors and restorers over the last couple of years to create the museum.
Texas Flying Legends is based in Houston, Texas, and will rotate the planes each year between there, Minot, North Dakota and Wiscasset. The museum was funded by the Bosarge Family Foundation, which has also donated to a number of charitable causes in the Boothbay region.
Local people have been coming to the airport to see the planes up close and chief pilot Warren Pietsch says that's the idea - to use the planes to honor the people who flew and worked on them, and to teach younger people about the work and sacrifice the men who flew them made.
The "warbirds" will all be on public display at Wiscasset Airport August 13 and 14, and will be taking off in the afternoon both days for an over-the-water air show off Boothbay Harbor. The planes will leave for a show in Providence, R.I. at the end of August but will be coming back in September, so there will be more opportunities to see them.