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Wings of Freedom Tour brings WWII aircraft to Trenton

In honor of America’s WWII veterans, the nonprofit Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour comes to the Trenton Mercer Airport from Sept. 3 to 6, as part of 110-city nationwide tour.

The B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” bombers and P-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” and P-40 Warhawk “Jaws” fighters, will fly into the Trenton Mercer Airport, on the northeast ramp on West Piper Road, at approximately noon Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The B-17 is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J Liberator is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the world. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle raid. The P-51 Mustang was awarded the Grand Champion award for restoration. New to the tour is the P-40 Warhawk, well known for being a part of the Flying Tigers.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out; $16 for adults and $12 for children is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft.

Visitors may also take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft for $400 to $450 per person. Get some “stick time” for $2,200 to $3,200. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.

Hours of ground tours and display are: noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 3; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5 and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 6. The flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times.

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