91-year-old Ernster flies vintage bomber at special event in Austin

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July Fourth had a little different meaning for Clete and Kathleen Ernster of Cuero this year.
 
They were whisked away Friday morning by helicopter to Bergstrom airport in Austin for the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing Barnstorming Event in Austin. 
 
Celebrating Independence Day, the trip included Ernster flying an iconic World War II vintage B-25 Mitchell bomber named ‘Yellow Rose’. There are only 27 of these bombers remaining.
 
Ernster was invited by the Commemorative Air Force as a veteran aviator. A recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, he flew both the B-25 and C-47 in Asia. He also authored the book “No Guts, No Glory.”
 
Read more in this week's edition of The Record. Call 361-275-3464 to subscribe to The Record.
 
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