Battleship NC director flies in WWII aircraft to say farewell

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The executive director of the Battleship North Carolina stepped down Tuesday, and as a special gift, Captain Dave Scheu's son sent his father a flying farewell on a Navy SNJ airplane.

"I knew it would be something different - something he was not used to, something unique," said Scheu's son Dave Scheu Jr.   "Any chance you get to fly on an aircraft like this, is a chance of a lifetime."

The 1940s aircraft circled the battleship several times, giving the captain a bird's eye view of the ship.

Scheu is a WWII buff, so it was a special treat to catch a ride in an authentic plane.

"A regular airplane would have been fun, but this bird was made in December, 1943," said Scheu.  "So, it's older than I am by about four months. It was operated from carriers in the pacific, so that makes it even more special."

Scheu says he will work part time on the battleship until June, when he plans on traveling around the nation for six weeks with his family.

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