Thursday, May 7, 2015

B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang and more: Wings of Freedom vintage aircraft show flies into John Wayne Airport

from ocregister

May 6, 2015 

Updated May 7, 2015 6:32 p.m.

Samantha Walls, 4, of Mission Viejo flies around a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber that was on display at the Wings of Freedom Tour on Wednesday at the Lyon Air Museum. A B-17 and a P-51 Mustang also flew in for the tour that will be on display until May 10.PAUL RODRIGUEZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
On Wings of Freedom they arrived Wednesday at John Wayne Airport.

The World War II era aircraft – including a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress – are in town for the Wings of Freedom Tour, which will continue through Sunday. The nonprofit Collings Foundation, which promotes history education, organized the event.

The aircraft show is celebrating its 26th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually, organizers said.

In addition to the B-17, which the Collings Foundation says is one of eight in flying condition in the United States, aircraft on display include the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang.

Tours inside the planes cost $12 for adults and $6 for children. Visitors can also go for a flight in the aircraft, with prices ranging from $400 to $3,200. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.
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