19 Oct '17, 1am

“It was just like the old days."

From his open cockpit and ready for takeoff, Robert Capen looked for his girl. There she was, Mitzi, looking back at her World War II fighter pilot, dashing as always with his white flowing mustache, aviator glasses and plucky smile. He waved goodbye and she mouthed the same. The engine roared and Capen soared off into the blue yonder where more than 70 years ago, as a teen, he fought high in ocean skies above the South Pacific. The flight Wednesday above southern Johnson County was a tad more relaxed for Capen, now 92. His family arranged for his Ageless Aviation Dream Flight. And, boy, did this bunch do it up right. Capen dressed in his old Army uniform — it still fits. Shoes shined, medals polished. Is that a black panther on his flight jacket? “You damn right it is,” Capen said, referring to the emblem of his fighter squadron. He took off in a 1942 Stearman PT-17, a pl...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/at-92-wwii-pilot-from-kc-...

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