WWII Bombers Fly In To Tallahassee Airport [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Collings Foundation; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Collings Foundation; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 4, 2013

A pair of historic World War II era bombers and a fighter aircraft flew into Tallahassee Monday morning.

A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and a P-51 Model C Dual Control are on display at Million Air next to Tallahassee Regional Airport.

They are a part of the "Wings of Freedom" tour.

The public can come and look at the aircraft, and even take flights.

It's the organization's way of honoring all war veterans and letting people relive what it was like in World War II.

Ride Coordinator Andrew Meislin says, "If you have a friend, a kid, a grandson, relative that's 18,19 years old now, just think back in World War II, they would've been the ones actually flying these planes, dropping the bombs, and being the heroes for our country."

You have until Wednesday to go see it in person for yourself. Please see the press release below for the times and prices.

The next stop on the tour is Destin, Florida, then Pensacola, Florida.

Press Release: Collings Foundation

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Tallahassee at Tallahassee Regional Airport from March 4 to March 6

In honor of our WWII Veterans ~ The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber and Fighter Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour

WHAT: Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, 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, will fly into Tallahassee Regional Airport in Tallahassee, FL for a visit from March 4 to March 6. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 8 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. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! 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.

WHERE: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will be on display at Tallahassee Regional Airport in Tallahassee, located at Million Air Tallahassee, 3254 Capital Circle SW.

WHEN: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at Tallahassee Regional Airport at 12:00 PM on March 4 and will be on display at Million Air Tallahassee at Tallahassee Regional Airport until the aircraft departs March 6 after 12:00 PM. Hours of ground tours and display are: 12:00 PM through 4:30 PM on Monday, March 4; 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Tuesday, March 5; 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

WHO: 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. The Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is in its 24th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 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 WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.

WHY: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR travels the nation 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-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 we encourage 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 our website at www.collingsfoundation.org.

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