Wings of Freedom Tour: Historic Aviation on display in Sarasota and Venice

The Collins Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour is in Sarasota this week. Today’s Herald Tribune article notes, “The Wings of Freedom tour is the only event in the world where the public can fly on a B-17 bomber, as well as a B-24 bomber and a P-51 Mustang fighter.”

Aircraft on display:

  • The Foundation’s 1944 vintage Consolidated B-24J Liberator is painted as “Witchcraft,” a bomber that flew a record 130 missions over Europe.
  • The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress flies as “Nine-O-Nine,” an Air Force heavy bomber. The B-17 was the companion of the B-24 in thousands of wartime bombing and reconnaissance missions. Together they were the backbone of the daylight strategic bombing campaign of WWII.
  • A P-51C Mustang escort fighter “Betty Jane.” The P-51 is arguably the finest fighter aircraft in the history of aviation.

There is a charge for tickets. Call 978-562-9182 to book your seat.


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