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WWII bombers, fighter planes to return to Nashua Airport

Friday, September 5, 2014

By Journal staff

he Wings of Freedom Tour of WWII vintage planes, including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang, will return to Nashua Airport on Sept. 10.

The visit is part of a 110-city tour nationwide.

The B-17 is one of only 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.

Visitors can explore the aircraft at a cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost.

A 30-minute flight aboard the aircraft is available for $450 per person for the B-17 or B-24. Flights in the P-51 fighter are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.

For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

The tour will arrive at Boire Field at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and will be on display at Boire Field until noon on Friday, Sept. 12.

The tour is put together by the Collings Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events.

“We want people to come out and see these airplanes and touch them,” volunteer pilot Mac McCauley said at the 2011 event. “They still smell like World War II. They can see what contributed to winning the war in Europe.”

“Just seeing these old planes landing is just cool,” 15-year-old Kiefer Savoie said the same year. “Normally, my generation can’t see something like that.”

This is the 25th year for the Wings of Freedom tour.

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