The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour of the World War II vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American P-51 Mustang will be on display June 24-26 at Boeing Field/King County International Airport in Seattle.
This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history, according to officials. The B-17 is one of only 11 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. World War II Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost.
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.
The airplanes will arrive at Boeing Field/King County International Airport at 2 p.m. on June 24 and will be on display at The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field/King County International Airport until the aircraft depart June 26 after 5 p.m. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24; 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25; 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. 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 allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is in its 22nd 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 and P-51 display at locations everywhere, officials said.
For more information: CollingsFoundation.org or 800-568-8924.