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Wings of Freedom Tour bring classic World War II fighter planes to Angelina County

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE)- In honor of the men and women who maintained and flew classic World War II planes, the Collings Foundation's "Wings of Freedom" tour makes a stop at the Angelina County airport.

Families can see the famous B-17 "Flying Fortress" which flew 140 missions and never lost a crew member to combat.

Other historical treasures include the B-24 "Liberator" and the P-51 "Mustang".

There are only a handful of these vintage planes that still fly today.

Pilot Mac Mccauley says the tour makes 128 stops a year. They're purpose is to honor those who served during World War II and educate families about all of the history that goes along with these unique fighter planes.

"The war is 65 to 70 years old now, and the veterans are starting to get rather old. We're losing about 1,000 a day and the foundation, the Wings of Freedom tour is all about bringing the planes around so they and their families can see them one more time."

Visitors can see these unique fighter planes this Thursday from nine to five pm and Friday from nine to noon.

The Collings Foundation is asking for $12 dollar donations for adults and $6  donations for children under 12. 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. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. "Huey" Helicopter flights are $100 front/$80 bench. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.

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

The nationwide tour is on its 21st year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually.

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