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August 22, 2013

WW II fighter planes land next month

LONDONDERRY — The 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 announce a unique display at Manchester Boston Regional Airport Sept. 16-18.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII heavy bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter will fly into the airport next month.

This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only eight 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. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII 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 Wings of Freedom Tour will be on display at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road.

The tour will arrive at noon on Sept. 16 and will be on display at the museum until noon Sept. 18. Hours of ground tours and display are: noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 18. The 30-minute flight experiences are usually scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 24th year and visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24 and P-51 display.

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

For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor. Visitors can find out more by visiting collingsfoundation.org.

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