Airplane enthusiasts, take note: A national tour coming to Denton includes two military craft that are the only remaining examples of their kind still flying.
The Wings of Freedom Tour is a moving exhibit of some of the military’s most treasured flying machines: the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” a World War II heavy bomber; the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” a WWII heavy bomber; and the P-51 Mustang fighter.
The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States, and the B-24J and the full dual-control P-51C Mustang are the only remaining examples of their type flying in the world. The aircraft fly into Denton Airport on Monday and will stay through Wednesday.
The tour is presented by the nonprofit Collings Foundation. Airplane buffs of all ages can get an up-close look at the planes, and the bigger spenders among the visitors can take a short cruise in the North Texas skies.
Ground tour hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Admission costs $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. The tour will be at the airport, 5700 Airport Road.
Visitors can schedule a 30-minute flight for the hours before and after ground tours.
An air tour of the B-17 or B-24 bombers costs $425 per passenger. Tourists can take a short flight in the Bell UH-1E “Huey” Helicopter for $80 for bench seats or $100 for front seats. For $2,200, patrons can take a 30-minute flight in the P-51 Mustang, or they can spring $3,200 for a whole hour. Flight times will also be available for another craft coming with the tour: the German Me 262 jet fighter.
To schedule flights and to inquire about prerequisites for flights, call 1-800-568-8924.
— Lucinda Breeding