In honor of WWII veterans, The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour brings extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft for local living history display as part of a 110-city nationwide tour.
The Wings of Freedom Tour will fly into the Billings Logan International Airport for a visit July 8-10, offering the public a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about unique treasures of aviation history.
According to a press release from the foundation, aircraft on tour include:
- the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine," one of only nine in flying condition in the United States.
- the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” the sole remaining example of its type flying in the world.
- the B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo," the type best known for being used in the Doolittle (Tokyo) Raid.
- the P-51 Mustang "Betty Jane" fighter, a winner of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational prestigious Grand Champion Award for restoration.
New to the tour is the P-40 Warhawk, a fighter well-known as the front line fighter for the Flying Tigers.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft. The cost is $15 for ages 12 and older and $5 for those younger than 12. School groups may tour at a discounted rate.
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Visitors may also experience a 30-minute flight aboard the rare aircraft. Flights on the B-17 and B-24 cost $450 per person. B-25 flights are $400 per person.
P-51 flight training is also offered for $2,400 for a half-hour or $3,400 for one hour. P-40 flight training costs $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for a full hour.
The aircraft display is open noon to 5 p.m. on July 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 9, and 9:30 a.m. to noon on July 10. Aircraft tours are also available during those hours. The 30-minute flight experiences are typically scheduled before and after those hours.
For reservations or information about flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.
For more information about the tour and aircraft, go to collingsfoundation.org.