It’s all part of the Wings of Freedom tour, a 10 month, 30 state, 110 city trek that goes on each year.
“It started out 1989, with the Collings family honoring veterans, letting them get into their old planes one last time,” Jaime Mitchell, flight coordinator for the Collings Foundation, said. “What we want to do now is bring the younger generations in here, so they can see that these planes aren’t just things they see in movies. World War 2 was one of the most important events in our country’s history, and we want to give the kids a tangible connection to that period.”
The tour’s next stop is Venice, Florida, where the planes will be at the Municipal Airport from the 11th to the 14th. Then they move on to Pensacola for the 26th through the 28th, before heading to Lafayette, Louisiana.
Tours are $12 for walkthroughs, $450 per person for flights in the B-17 and B-24, and $2200 for a half hour of flight instruction (and $3200 for a full hour) in the P-51C “Betty Jane.”