The Port of Bremerton will be hosting the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom tour Monday, June 17, to Wednesday, June 19.
These historic war planes will be returning to Bremerton National Airport to give visitors the opportunity to explore, learn more about, and even fly in World War II aircrafts. Wings of Freedom has been coming to Bremerton since 1993 for this event.
Visiting with the tour are the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” bombers, P-40 Warhawk “Jaws,” and P-51 Mustang “Betty Jane” fighters.
“I am excited for our community to get the opportunity to see such rare planes that were vital to our history,” Port of Bremerton CEO Jim Rothlin said in a press release. “The flight experiences are truly a once in a lifetime experience.”
The B-17 is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States, while the B-24 is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the world. The B-25 is best known for being used in the Doolittle raid. The P-51 Mustang was awarded the Grand Champion award for restoration. The P-40 Warhawk is well-known as the front-line fighter for the Flying Tigers.
The rarity of these planes and their importance to telling the story of World War II is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. Hours for ground tours and displays are:Monday, June 17, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Airplane tours are $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. 30 minute flight prices are as follows:B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person
B-25 are $400 per person
The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times listed above. For reservations and information on flight experiences, please call 800-568-8924.