Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs have the opportunity to tour or take a flight in rare, historic World War II aircraft when the Collings Foundation brings its Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" heavy bomber and North American Dual Control P-51C Mustang "Betty Jane" fighter to Page Field on Jan. 28.
The stop in Fort Myers, from Jan. 28 through Jan. 30, is part of the Collings Foundation's "Wings of Freedom Tour," an annual 110-city nationwide tour in its 24th year of showcasing rare aircraft. The B-17G, one of the most recognizable bomber aircraft of World War II, is one of only eight in the nation in flying condition. The B-24J and Dual Control P-51C are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world.
The public is invited to take ground tours or make reservations for flight experiences. The planes will be displayed on the ramp at Base Operations at Page Field, off Fowler Street. Walk-through tours are available for a donation of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. World War II vets can tour the aircraft at no cost. Ground tour and display hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 29; and 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 30.
Flight experiences normally are scheduled before and after the ground tour times. Flight costs for the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person for a 30-minute flight. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a 30-minute flight and $3,200 for a full hour.
Flight experiences are a tax-deductible donation. For flight reservations, call 800-568-8924.
For more information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org.