AF Vietnam Vet John Kanapesky used to fix B-52s now its vintage cars
Episode 2045 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about a Vietnam Veteran who went from working on B-52 bombers to vintage cars. The featured story appeared in the Vindicator of Warren, Ohio that was titled: Cruise on by Lowellville. The story was submitted by Sean Barron a correspondent for the Vindicator.
The Vietnam Veteran featured in the story is John Kanapesky of Beaver, Pennsylvania. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and during the Vietnam War, he was a mechanic on a B-52 bomber.
He served a key role in that War. He contributed to keeping the B-52s in the air so they could provide an essential component of the U.S. military force. This is confirmed by the role B-52s played in Operation Linebacker I and II.
When John Kanapesky’s time in the Air Force ended, one of his favorite pursuits was rebuilding a vintage car. In John’s case, it is a 1930 Ford two-door sedan with a 1949 Ford Flathead engine.
John is very proud of his vintage 1930 Ford two-door sedan. Recently his put his car on display at the Cruisin’ the River car and bike cruise in Lowellville, Ohio. The event is scheduled to continue 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 11, 2021 along East Water Street, noted Don Donofrio, an event organizer.
John’s car was one of 135 vehicles at the three-hour, family-friendly gathering. Donofrio said the event also is a way to bring people together in a setting that calls to mind a greater sense of normalcy.
If you live in the western Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio, you are invited to attend one of those Cruisin’ the River car and bike cruise in Lowellville. They will be held from 5 to 8 p.m every Monday until October 11,2021.