‘Wings of Freedom Tour’ coming to Connecticut on Sept. 5


OXFORD —The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” and a P-51 Mustang fighter will fly into Waterbury-Oxford Airport on Friday, Sept. 5, for a three-day visit during the Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour” of 110 cities.
The foundation says this is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of eight in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world.
The tour will arrive at Waterbury-Oxford Airport at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 and will be on display until the aircraft depart Sept. 7 after 5 p.m. Hours of ground tours and display are 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out. The requested donation is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. World War II 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 rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations, call 800-568-8924.
The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events.

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