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By Lori Gilbert
Copyright: The (Stockton, Calif.) Record
STOCKTON, Calif. — When Pat Patteson sat down in the front right seat of Taigh Ramey's PV-2D Harpoon World War II aircraft on Friday morning, it was the first time he'd been in that position in nearly 70 years.
"I brought one back home when peace was declared with Japan," said Patteson, 92. "That was in 1945."
Ramey, who operates Vintage Aircraft and Stockton Field Aviation Museum at Stockton Metropolitan Airport, invited Patteson, who lives in Danville, Lodi's Bob Handel and Earl Snyder of Sacramento to take seats in the same type of plane in which they'd flown for the Navy during World War II for a 20-minute flight to Travis Air Force Base. The trio will spend the weekend at "Thunder Over Solano," the base's annual open house and air show. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. each day and admission is free.