Flights in war-time aircraft for sale in 'Wings of Freedom'

Skies above Fredericksburg will turn into a flying museum of sorts next Monday through Wednesday, March 24-26, when the Collings Foundation will offer its “Wings of Freedom Tour.”

Those who have always wanted to take a look up close or even ride in a war-time aircraft will get a chance — for a price — in a B-17, B-24, P-51 and Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

Walk-through tours of all the planes in the show will cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger at the Gillespie County Airport.

Proceeds raised help preserve the aircraft for the future.

Tour times will be:

• 2-5 p.m. on Monday, March 24;

• 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, and,

• 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, March 26.

Flight experience donations are $450 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.

Flight training in the TP-51C “Betty Jane” will be $2,200 for a half-hour flight and $3,200 for a full hour. All participants will get the chance to feel what it was like to fly one of the most legendary fighters of World War II, a Collings Foundation spokesman said.

The Vietnam-era Huey helicopter will feature rides at a cost of $80 for rear seats and $100 for the co-pilot’s chair.

To book a seat, call 978-562-9182.

To learn more about the Collings Foundation and what it does to keep war-time “birds” in tip-top shape visit the online site:


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