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Historic aircrafts coming to Pasco Airport

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PASCO, Wash. - In honor of WWII Veterans, the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour is bringing extremely rare bomber and fighter aircrafts for a local living history display at the Pasco Airport from June 11th to 13th.

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang is stopping in 110 cities nationwide.

It's is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique treasures of aviation history. 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.

The tour travels the nation as 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.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 will get you access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. There are also discounted rates for school groups.

Visitors can also take a 30-minute flight aboard the aircrafts. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. And P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour, or $3,200 for a full hour. 

For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924. 

WHERE: The tour will be on display at the Tri-Cities airport in Pasco, located at Bergstrom Aircraft, 4102 Stearman Ave. 

WHEN: The tour will arrive on June 11th at 2 PM, and will continue until the aircrafts leave on June 13th at 12 PM. Hours of ground tours and display: 
Monday (June 11) 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday (June 12) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Wednesday (June 13) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above. 
The B-17 & B-24 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 and B-24s safely brought their crews home. 

The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers "Little Friend" - saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters. 

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 & P-51 - and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. 

Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.collingsfoundation.org.
For further information e-mail Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing at hchaney@collingsfoundation.org or call 800-568-8924.