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Six decades later, fibbing flyer sees London Olympics

by Tom Tugend

August 8, 2012 | 1:20 pm

Mitchell Flint with a 'Israeli' North American P51 Mustang in 1948

Mitchell Flint with a 'Israeli' North American P51 Mustang in 1948

It took 64 years, with a detour to Israel’s War of Independence, but Mitchell Flint is finally getting to see the London Olympic Games, live and in person.

In the summer of 1948, Flint, with a four-year wartime stint as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific under his belt, graduated as an industrial engineer from U.C. Berkeley. At the same time, the newly declared State of Israel was struggling to defend itself from six invading Arab armies.

“I’m Jewish, Israel desperately needed trained fighter pilots, so I thought I could perhaps do something to sustain the state,” Flint recalled.

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