Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Vintage World War II planes on display at Leesburg International Airport

A man tries to keep dry Monday while taking a look at a WWII B17 bomber. The aircraft , along with a B24 , is part of the Collings Foundation's annual Wings of Freedom Tour. The Collings Foundation, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group, is on a 110-city nationwide tour to show off the aircraft. The Leesburg Airport stop Monday through Wednesday is also aimed at letting local residents see a little piece of history. Tom Benitez/Orlando Sentinel. 
(Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel / February 14, 2012)

By Amy C. Rippel
February 14, 2012

LEESBURG — Vintage airplanes from World War II will be on display at Leesburg International Airport this week as part of the Collings Foundation's 23rd annual Wings of Freedom Tour.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

The tour includes three planes, each of which packs a wallop:

•The Consolidated B-24J Liberator bomber is 67 feet long and the only plane of its kind flying today.

•The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, called Nine O Nine, is a heavy bomber powered by four 1,200-horsepower engines.

•The North American TP-51C Mustang was used for bomber escorts.

The aircraft will be on display on the airport's east side near Echo Drive.

Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger.

There will be free parking next to the taxiway.

Also, 30-minute flights are available aboard the B-17 and B-24 aircrafts for $425. Flights aboard the TP-51C cost $2,200 for 30 minutes and $3,200 for an hour. All flight costs are tax-deductible donations.

For more information, call The Collings Foundation at 1-800-568-8924 or visit collingsfoundation.org.

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