WWII aircraft available for tours and flights at Sikorsky Airport Sept. 2-5

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Nine O Nine WWII Heavy Bomber, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator ‘Witchcraft WWII Heavy Bomber, and a P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford for a visit from Sept. 2-5.

The event is part of Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour.

This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. 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 are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out; $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft.

WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups.

Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flights 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 Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the airport at noon Sept. 2, and will be on display at Three Wing Aviation until the aircraft depart Sept. 5, after noon. Hours of ground tours and display are: noon-5 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 3; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 4; 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, Sept. 5. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

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 celebrating its 25th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually.

For further information e-mail Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing: hchaney@collingsfoundation.org or call 800-568-8924.

Media Site: visit collingsfoundation.org/media for further detailed information on the aircraft, Collings Foundation, and the tour as well as high-resolution photos for download.