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Wings of Freedom Tour
March 11, 2015 - March 13, 2015
The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Natchitoches at Natchitoches Regional Airport from March 11 to March 13.
In honor of our 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 110-city Nationwide Tour.
The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will be on display at Natchitoches Regional Airport located at main ramp, 450 Wallenberg Drive in Natchitoches.
The tour will arrive at 2:00 pm on March 11 and will be on display at main ramp until the aircraft departs March 13 after 12:00 pm. Hours of ground tours and display are 2:00 pm through 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 11; 9:00 am through 4:30 pm on Thursday, March 12; 9:00 am through 12:00 pm on Friday, March 13. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR travels the nation 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. 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-17 and B-24’s 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. At each location we encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around! Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.commingsfoundation.org.
For further information e-mail Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-568-8924.