Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 8, 2007
The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 130-city Nationwide Tour
WHAT: Participating in the Collings Foundation's 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 the North American B-25 Mitchell WWII Medium Bomber, will fly into Dallas Love Field in Dallas, TX for a visit from March 15 to March 21. Local citizens will have the opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 9 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the World, and the B-25 is one of only a handful in flying condition. All visitors are invited to explore all three aircraft inside and out along with the entire museum exhibits for a donation of $12 for adults and $7 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. Flight experiences are a tax-deductible donation.
Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. Flights on the B-25 are $400 for the front fuselage and $325 for the waist gun section of the plane. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.
On Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 pm in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the Raid on Tokyo, Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Co-Pilot of Jimmy Doolittle's B-25 airplane will present a discussion about his historic flight on April 18, 1942. Lt. Col. Cole is the last surviving member of crew number one. A book signing will follow with Doolittle Historian Carroll V. Glines, author of The Doolittle Raid.
Where: The WIngs of Freedom Tour will be on display at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, TX located at The Frontiers of Flight Museum at 6911 Lemmon Avenue.
When: The Wings of Freedom Tour will arrive at Dallas Love Field at 12:00 PM on March 15 and will be on display at Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field until the aircraft departs March 21 at 12:00 PM. Hours of ground tours and display are: 12:00 PM through 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 15; 10:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Friday, March 16; 10:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Saturday, March 17; 10:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Sunday, March 18; 10:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Monday, March 19; 10:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Tuesday, March 20; and 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 21st. The 30-minute flight experiences are scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
Who: 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. The Nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 18th year and visits an average of 130 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17 B-24 & B-25 display at locations everywhere. The Wings of Freedom Tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.
Why: 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 solders, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve. The B-17, B-24 & B-25 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission. Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s, B-24s, and B-25s safely brought their crews home. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared. The rarity of the B-17, B-24 & B-25 and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. At each location we encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around.