See Wings of Freedom tour at Paine Field
Around 1:20 p.m. today go outside, look to the south sky and listen. Hear an unusual low rumble from the great blue? That is the national Wings of Freedom tour landing at Paine Field.
The nationwide tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will be at Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) from June 14-16. Their ETA is 1:30 to 2 p.m. today.
Visit, explore and learn more about the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter – unique and rare treasures of aviation history.
The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft.
WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. 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 $425 per person.
P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.
See the Wings of Freedom at the Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th Street S.W. in Everett.
Hours of ground tours and display are: 2-5 p.m. on Friday, June 14; 9-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15; and 9-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
The Collings Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.
The nationwide Wings of Freedom tour is in its 24th 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 & P-51 display at locations everywhere.
The B-17 & 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.
Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home.
The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers “Little Friend” – saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters.
After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared.
The rarity of the B-17, B-24 & P-51 – and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide.
At each location the foundation encourages local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public.
Find out more by visiting www.collingsfoundation.org.
-Edited by Beacon staff