LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Wings of Freedom Tour will be on display at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Starting Monday. The tour arrives at 3:00 p.m. and will be on display at Lubbock Aero until the aircraft departs on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
Hours of ground tours and display are from 3-5:00 p.m. on Monday, 9-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and 9-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday. 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times.
The Nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 21st year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24 & P-51 display. It's put on by the Collings Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing "living history" events that allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.
Aircraft in the tour travel the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect, and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve.
The B-17 & B-24 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission. Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home.
The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers "Little Friend" – saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared.
The rarity of the B-17, B-24 & P-51 - and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. At each location they encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public.
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