Wings of Freedom Tour coming to PC Regional Airport Aug. 1-4

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on July 31, 2019 with No Comments

Featuring a variety of vintage military aircraft, the Wings of Freedom Tour will arrive to Porter County Regional Airport along U.S. 30  in Valparaisoat 2:00 p.m. on Aug. 1 and will be on display until the aircraft departs after operations on Aug. 4. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1; and 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4.The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the listed ground tour times.

Participating in the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour are the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” bombers and P-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” and P-40 Warhawk “Jaws” fighters.

The B-17 is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J Liberator is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the world. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle raid. The P-51 Mustang was awarded the grand champion award for restoration. New to the tour is the P-40 Warhawk, well known for being a part of the Flying Tigers.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraftinside and out- $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12 are requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. There are discounted rates for school groups.

Visitors may also experience the opportunityto takea 30-minute flightaboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. B-25 flights are $400 per person. P-51 flight training is $2,400 for a half hour and $3,400 for a full hour. P-40 Warhawk flight training is $2200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.

The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is celebrating its 30th year and visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24, B-25, P-40 and P-51 display at locations everywhere.

The Wings of Freedom Tour travels the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve. The B-17, B-25 & B-24 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission.

At each location, the Collings Foundation encourages local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around! Visitors can find out more by visiting www.collingsfoundation.org.

For further information e-mail Hunter Chaney, director of marketing, at: hchaney@collingsfoundation.org or 800-568-8924.


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