BURLINGTON, Wash. — The Port of Skagit is hosting a return visit of three restored World War II-era combat aircraft when the Wings of Freedom Tour touches down at Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS) June 16-18.
The warbirds, a B-17G Flying Fortress named “Nine-O-Nine,” [pictured] a B-24J Liberator, “Witchcraft,” and a TP-51C Mustang, “Betty Jane,” also visited the airport last June.
The Collings Foundation, which owns and operates the aircraft, is selling flights and tours all day Monday through Wednesday.
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.
Flights in the B-17 or B-24 cost $450 per person. P-51 training flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
For reservations and information on flight experiences, call the Collings Foundation at 800-568-8924.
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 25th year and visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states annually.