VALPARAISO — The Wings of Freedom Tour will be bringing the WWII Vintage B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell bombers and P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk fighters to Valparaiso starting Thursday.
The planes will be on display from Aug. 1-4 at the Porter County Regional Airport in Valparaiso, located at the Main Ramp at 4207 Murvihill Roadin in Valparaiso
The hours of the ground tours and display are 2-5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
According to organizers, this will be a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 9 in flying condition in the United States, the B-25 is best known for the Doolittle Raid, and the B-24J is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the World. The P-51 Mustang was just awarded Grand Champion for restoration at Oshkosh.
New to the tour is the P-40 Warhawk, well known for being part of the Flying Tigers. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out — $15 donation for adults and $5 donation for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these aircraft. Flight experiences are a tax-deductible donation.
Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. B-25 flights are $400 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighters. P-40 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. P-51 flights are $2,400 for a half hour and $3,400 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org/event/valparaiso-in
The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 30th year and visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states annually.