Thursday September 13, 2018
The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will fly into the Burlington International Airport for a visit from Sept.14-16. The tour brings extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft for a local living history display as part of 110-city nationwide tour.
The Wings of Freedom Tour will feature the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang, among others.
The tour offers a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J 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, and the P-51 Mustang was awarded the prestigious Grand Champion award for restoration.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Discounted rates for school groups.
Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flight training is $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. B-25 flights are $400 per person. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.
The Wings of Freedom Tour will open at the Burlington International Airport at the Beacon Building, 1130 Airport Drive, at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14 and will be on display until the aircraft departs after operations on Sept. 16. Hours of ground tours and display are 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Fri.-Sun. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.collingsfoundation.org.