Wings of Freedom tour arrives in Fort Wayne

There will be a rare opportunity to see World War II planes in one spot until Wednesday.

Posted: Aug. 6, 2018 7:37 PM
Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 8:57 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Wings of Freedom Tour have planes set up at the Fort Wayne Aero Center for everyone to check out.

The tour has been all over the country and their current stop is Fort Wayne.

Of course they're not your typical travel planes but they do give a glimpse of what it was like during World War II.

"You're going to see the only B24 in the world that's still airworthy. It’s the most produced airline in World War II. There was almost 18,000 of them built. We have the last one flying," volunteer pilot Eric Whyte said.

The Wings of Freedom tour travels across the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew, maintained and built them.

People can check out a couple of bomber planes the B-17, B-24, B-25, and P-51.

"To sit inside and see what these guys had to go through. they're amazing,"Darrell Will said.

Private pilot Cindy Shaffer said it's cool to see the planes in person compared to pictures, but hearing the stories that go with them is the cherry on top.

"It's just amazing hearing all the stories and sacrifices and shaking the hands of those who served in those wars,"Shaffer said.

She like a couple of the people visting are excited to fly in them.

"It's not so much the destination but the journey. We go up and we allow everyone to experience the duty stations on the airplane. You can climb into the noseturd, down to the bottom, and back to the tailturd and experience what it was like to serve on these airplanes,"Whyte added.

The cost of the tours are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

Flights in the B-17 and B-24 are 30-minutes each and will cost $450 person. Flight in the B-25 are $400 per person. Flight training in the P-51 fighter is $2,500 per person for half an hour, and $3,200 for a full hour.

For reservations and information on flight experiences and tours call 800-568-8924. Fort Wayne Aero Center is located at 4401 Altitude Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46809.

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