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Wings of Freedom Tour flies into Beverly

Posted by Justin Rice  September 15, 2011 10:27 AM

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Photo courtesy of the Wings of Freedom Tour

WII vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will be on display at Beverly Municipal Airport tomorrow to Monday as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.


The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang are set to fly into Beverly Municipal Airport.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour, a 110-city nationwide tour, will begin tomorrow and be on display until Monday.

“This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history,” according to a press release. “The B-17 is one of only 10 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 can explore the aircraft inside and out for a cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. World War II veterans can take the tour for free and discounted rates for school groups are also available.

Beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow, the planes will be display at East Ramp at Beverly Municipal Airport until the aircraft departs at noon on Monday. Hours of ground tours and display are 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. through noon on Monday.

Visitors can also take a 30-minute flight aboard the aircraft, with flights on either the B-17 or B-24 costing $425 per person. 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 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times.

The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.

Tens of millions people have visited the Wings of Freedom Tour, which is in its 22nd year.  

For more information visit www.collingsfoundation.org.

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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