Father's Day suprise for World War II veteran


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU/ KVUE News and Photojournalist J.P. HARRINGTON.


Posted on June 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 15 at 10:21 PM

PFLUGERVILLE, TX -- It will be hard to top this Father's Day for retired Air Force Capt. Arnold Cook.

The family of the World War II veteran arranged a ride in a C-47 for Fathers Day. It's the same type of plane he flew in on D-Day, 69 years ago.

"I just cannot express myself but to say thank you for all that's happened today. It's something beyond my belief that could happen to me," said Cpt. Arnold Cook.

Cook's clan all pitched in to arrange a flight on the original World War II aircraft from Burnet to the Austin executive airport in Pflugerville. This gift was given to him for father's day and Cook's 91st birthday.

"It was scary to be honest with you. Because on D-Day we dropped the paratroopers off morning of D-Day. There were a few bumps in the road when flying one of these back then. It was not unusual at all for these airplanes to have mechanical problems. And I've had my share of them, believe me," said Cook.

The same holds true today, after the Bluebonnet Belle took off, it had to return to the airport because of mechanical problems.

It was two hours before the plane got the all clear for the flight, which was just fine by Cook. It gave him time to reminisce on days past.

"It was just like going home again. And just to sit in the cockpit and reminisce, looking back, it was a wonderful feeling, believe me," said Cpt. Arnold Cook. 

Cook walked off the plane to find his grandchildren and friends, making this a Father's Day one he will never forget.