The ultimate living history experience will be in Nebraska this week. The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour features four amazing World War II bomber and fighter aircrafts. Michael Dober is the volunteer coordinator for the Omaha stop and says this is a rare opportunity to these rare birds up close.
Dober says, “We’re bringing the B-24 Liberator in again. It is the last fully restored J Model fly-in. The B-17 Flying Fortress, the P-51 Mustang and this year we get the B-25 Mitchell also. It was the plane made famous for the raid on Japan. They are four of the premiere planes of World War II. There were many others but these were the mainstays.”
Visitors will be able to tour the planes, walk through them or even take flight. The P-51 Mustang is the world’s only full duel control in existence and those taking flight will also get some “stick time” flying the aircraft.
Dober says, “These planes are as they were. They have the 50-cals where they were. They have some bombs in the bomb rack – not live. They have the waist guns that you pull up a pin and target anything you are flying over. They are as they were in World War II and it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
The Wings of Freedom Tour’s first stop is at the North Platte Regional Airport July 18th through 20th. The next stop is Silver Hawk Aviation in Lincoln from July 20th through the 22nd. From there it is on to TAC Air behind Eppley Airfield in Omaha from the 22nd through the 24th. Walk through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. A 30 minute flight on the B-17 or the B-24 is $450 per person. 30 minute B-25 flights are $400. P-41 Mustang fight training is $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. The majority of your flight is a tax-deductible donation.