(WALA) – Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will return to Jack Edwards National Airport in early March with its collection of authentically restored World War II era aircraft.
Planes that will fly into Gulf Shores as part of a 110-city tour include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter.
According to the Massachusetts-based nonprofit foundation with its dedication to living history events, the B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and full dual-control P-51C Mustang are the last two of their kind still able to fly.
The tour will be open Monday, March 3, through Wednesday, March 5 at the airport’s Gulf Shores Air Center, 3190 Airport Drive. The aircraft are expected to arrive about noon March 3 and depart at noon March 5. Walk-through tour times are set for noon to 5 p.m., March 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; and 9 a.m. to noon March 5.
Admission of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for up-close viewing and inside tours. Visitors can also pay to fly in one of the aircraft. Half-hour flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person and P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.
For more information, call 800-568-8924 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org.