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WWII veteran jumps back into the cockpit after 70 years

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - If you do anything more than 3,000 times, it's likely to stick with you.

After 70 years, with some help, Ronald Evans boarded a PT-19 replica for a flight back in time.

"Half the time we didn't even use a seatbelt,” said Evans.

It's the same plane the WWII pilot trained hundreds Glider Pilots in for more than 12 years.

Now, at age 92, Evans said he is more than ready to get his wings back.

After taking off from the Cape Girardeau Airport, Evans soared over his home state and along the Mississippi River while his daughters watched from the ground.

"He remembers so much about it. He tells us about it. He even tells us about the time that he flew his plane through the Grand Canyon,” said Judy Sharp, one of Evans' daughters.

During his fifteen minute flight, Evans even took the wheel, never missing a beat.

"You would be surprised what reflexes come back to you,” he said.

After a smooth landing and his feet safely planted back on the ground, this pilot says he wouldn't hesitate to do it all over again.

After the war, Evans graduated from University of Missouri with his Ph.D.

He worked as a superintendent at the Cassville School District in Missouri.

He raised eight kids and today lives in Jackson.

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