WWII planes on display this week

October 02, 2005

The Collings Foundation of Stow, Mass., is bringing its Wings of Freedom World War II airplane tour to the Carroll County Regional Airport from Wednesday through Friday.

Among the vintage planes on display will be the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" heavy bomber, and the North American B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo," all from 1944 and fully restored to flying capability.

The B-24 is said to be the only one of its kind that still flies.

The planes will fly into the airport at 3 p.m. Wednesday and remain until 1 p.m. Friday. Hours for the display and ground tours of the planes are 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Close-up viewing and tours of the planes are available for a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and younger.

Half-hour rides in the planes are available for a tax-deductible donation. The costs, per person, are $400 for the B-17 and B-24, and $300 for rear fuselage and $375 for front fuselage on the B-25.

Flights are normally scheduled before and after ground tours.

The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to bringing history to life through the restoration and maintenance of vintage war planes.

The Wings of Freedom tour pays tribute to the flight crews, maintenance crews, builders and the military they helped protect, as well as the citizens whose freedom they fought for.

"This is a living history opportunity," said Gary Horst, who supervises the airport as administrator of the county's Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects.

"Generally, veterans and mechanics come out for these events, and you will hear some good stories," he said. "The planes are really majestic when you see them flying in."

For flight information and reservations, call Dennis Gore at 410-876-8009.

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