Freddy Caraveo, a warbird pilot from Houston, is helping get the Zero, a Japanese fighter plane, and other planes ready for the show season and for their display at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot.
Caraveo is with the Texas Flying Legends Museum, a private museum, that has several warbirds for display at the Minot museum.
Caraveo is the co-pilot for the Texas museum's B-25J Mitchell bomber, one of a number of B-25s that were at the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, April 17-20. The 70th anniversary of the raid brought together the largest gathering of B-25 Mitchell bombers since World War II.
Freddy Caraveo, of Houston, Texas, a warbird pilot with the Texas Flying Legends Museum, waxes the Zero, a Japanese fighter plane, in the Dakota Territory Air Museum Tuesday.
The P-40 “Aleutian Tiger” is one of several Texas Flying Legends Museum aircraft now in Minot, shown Wednesday in the Dakota Territory Air Museum.
Freddy Caraveo, a warbird pilot with the Texas Flying Legends Museum, was doing some work on the P-51 “Dakota Kid II,” shown here Wednesday in the Dakota Territory Air Museum.
Caraveo has flown the B-25 for about a year. "I'm pretty new to this warbird business," he said Tuesday.
A civilian flight instructor, Caraveo said Alan Miller, of Hawaii, captain of the B-25, is teaching him to fly the bomber.
On Tuesday, Caraveo was working on the Zero. "I'm just cleaning up the Zero, trying to get it ready for the upcoming show season and helping the museum too," he said.
This is Caraveo's second time in Minot. He also was here last summer.
"I pretty much just travel with the airplanes wherever we go," he said.
What does Caraveo like about flying the old planes?
"I like the history about it. I like the connection that you can connect with the young kids, and you can meet the veterans, hear their stories and what they signify they signify freedom," he said.