The two bombers have a 100-foot plus wingspan. You can even climb into a cockpit when three World War II aircraft arrive in Boca again Monday through Thursday. Wings of Freedom Tour is bringing in a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang this year.
The planes will be open to see and tour at Signature Flight Support, 3300 Airport Road on Boca Raton Airport. Hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Admission is $15 adults and $5 children younger than 5.
“The B-24 Liberator was a true combat bomber. The B-17 was assigned as a sea rescue ship,” said Hunter Chaney, marketing director for Collings Foundation. “The P-51 served in the West Virginia Air Guard.”
It’s the foundation’s 30th anniversary operating the national Wings of Freedom tour. “When we land in Boca Raton on Monday, it will be our 3,354th stop,” Chaney said. Aviation history docents will be on hand. But the pilots who flew the planes and were often at this tour stop are disappearing.
“The generation that served in WWII is now almost gone…” Chaney said.
They expect 200 local school children. “This is our objective – to provide an experience, an interaction with WWII history to the younger generations,” he added.
By Marci Shatzman