World War II airplanes coming to town on tour

August 3, 2018

The Wings of Freedom Tour, featuring historic airplanes, will stop at Fort Wayne Aero Center next week.

The tour includes historic World War II aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress Nine O Nine, B-24 Liberator Witchcraft, B-25 Mitchell Tondelayo bombers, and the P-51 Mustang Toulouse Nuts fighter.

The tour will be Monday through Wednesday at the Aero Center, 4401 Altitude Drive, near Fort Wayne International Airport.

Visitors will have opportunities to see the historic aircraft up close and visit, explore and learn about these planes in aviation history. Thirty-minute flights will also be available on all aircraft.

Tours will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Flights for each aircraft will be scheduled before and after the open tour times.

The Wings of Freedom Tour travels across the nation as a tribute to the flight crews who flew the aircraft; the ground crews who maintained them; the workers who built them; the soldiers, sailors and airmen who helped protect them; and the citizens and families who share the freedom that they helped preserve.

The event allows people to learn more about the aircraft and their heritage and history through direct participation and hands-on learning.

The costs of the tours are 5 for ages 12 and younger.

Flights in the B-17 and B-24 are 30 minutes each and cost 400 per person; and flight training in the P-51 fighter is 3,200 for a full hour.

For reservations and information on flight experiences and tours, call 800-568-8924.

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