Authentic World War II Aircraft Coming to Millville Airport
Welcomes Collings Foundation 2015 Wings of Freedom Tour in early September
(Millville, NJ) Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into the Millville Airport for a visit from September 2-4, 2015. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare gems of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States while the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World.
“The public will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to view, explore and even take a flight in these historic treasures,” said Lisa Jester, Director of the Millville Army Airfield Museum. “We’re excited to partner with Big Sky Aviation and the Delaware River and Bay Authority to once again host the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour.”
WHERE: Millville Airport, 104 Leddon Street, Millville, NJ 08332
WHEN: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at Millville Airport at 2:00 PM on September 2 and will be on display on the main ramp near the Millville Army Airfield Museum until these aircraft depart on September 4 at 12:00 PM. The cost for a walk-through tour of the displays are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years of age or younger. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates are available for school groups. After a tour of the aircraft, visitors are encouraged to tour the nearby Millville Army Airfield Museum, which is free.
Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 2; 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 3; 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Friday, September 4.
Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.
WHY: 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-17s and B-24s 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.
About the Freedom Tour
Based in Stow, Massachusetts, the Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind. 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.collingsfoundation.org.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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