John Barrier, 57, and his father, Charles, 89, were special guests recently aboard a historic B-17G Flying Fortress nicknamed "Aluminum Overcast."
The restored World War II bomber took flight over Concord Regional Airport as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Salute to Veterans national tour.
The tour also marks the 75-year anniversary of the special aircraft.
During WWII, Charles Barrier was a captain and pilot of another B-17 in the 749th Bomber Squadron, 457th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, based in England.
Born and raised in Concord, Charles Barrier graduated from Concord High School in 1939. Soon after he heard Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Raleigh.
His son John, also of Concord, grew up listening to his father's war stories.
"This is a real delight, a real delight," Charles said before the flight. "We have four children and they, of course, over the years have been exposed to various bits of war conversations. This will be the first time that I've ever had one of my children with me on a flight on a fantastic airplane."
The B-17 was the feature attraction of an open house at the airport.
The event also included displays of military, antique and classic war birds. Proceeds go toward Rotary International's Polio Plus program.