Speak up now to protect historic flights

By HUNTER CHANEY, Collings Foundation

With the sun glinting off the polished canopy, Bud Day grasped the yellow boarding ladder of his F-100F “Hun” and proceeded to make the long climb to the cockpit. Strapping into the ejection seat, he scanned the tarmac below. He had done this countless instances before — counting down the minutes before the start of anther sortie. This time, however, he was not looking at the surroundings of Phu Cat Air Base in South Vietnam. Instead, he viewed his family and friends, all eager to see him take to the sky for one last mission. Over four decades had passed since his last combat flight in the venerable “Hun,” but as the jet engine roared to life and the aircraft taxied to the runway, “his” airplane felt like home.

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Wings of Freedom tour to arrive at FMY

Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs will have the opportunity to tour — or take flight — in rare, historic World War II aircraft when the Collings Foundation brings its Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber and North American Dual Control P-51C Mustang “Betty Jane” fighter to Florida’s Page Field (FMY) on Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb.10.

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Sign-ups now being taken for WWII bomber crew fantasy camp

The Collings Foundation is now accepting reservations for its World War II Bomber Crew Fantasy Camp.

The camp will be held May 26-27 at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum Hangar at Stockton Municipal Airport (OS2) in California.

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