Cruisin’ Connecticut – Veterans Day Salute to WWII Pilot Major Richard Steele

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STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The Connecticut Air and Space Center in Stratford is a place of education, history and Military pride.

The team of Veteran volunteers are working to restore 14 military aircraft from years past.

One of them of them is the Corsair… in fact 7,000 Corsair planes were produced during World War II, in the factory next door.

One of the pilots to man the cockpit was Major Richard Steele of the U.S.M.C.

It was a pretty hardy plane to muscle around.

During a mission, Steele’s engine shut down at 500ft, forcing a water landing, knocking him unconscious at impact.

The gunner came up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and said. “you better get up Mr. Steele.” And I jumped out on the wing with him – and the plane went right down beneath us…

You can learn more about Major Steele’s heroic stories of service tonight at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford. There will be an event saluting our Veteran’s from 5-8pm. Proceeds benefit a historic hangar restoration project at the Connecticut Air and Space Center in Stratford.

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