WWII mystery barrels opened after 50 years

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DALLAS (KDAF) -- Mystery canisters over 50 years old were ready to be opened at the Commemorative Air Force Headquarters at Dallas Executive Airport. The two barrels have been sitting in a barn in Oklahoma City since 1963. So what's in them?

"We genuinely have no idea, believe me, the staff here wanted to sneak them open and have a look inside, but this is going to be as much a surprise for us as anyone watching," says Commemorative Air Force VP, Adam Smith.

Some guessed, Hillary's emails, others think they're Trump's tax returns. But in all seriousness, when the moment came, it was well worth the wait.

"It's a precision instrument that allowed you to drop a bomb from 30,000 feet into a pickle barrel," said 94 year old John "Lucky" Luckadoo who flew 25, B-17 bombing missions in WWII.

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Luckadoo knows exactly what these bomb sights do. He says once the bombardier was set, the instrument would fly the plane until bombs away. "If the ship was shot down the bombardier was supposed to explode it to destroy all the innards so it wouldn't fall into the hands of the Germans," said Luckadoo.

The bomb sights may have been used, serviced and resealed in 1953.

"I am delighted, not a lot of these left in the world," said Luckadoo.

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