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Wings of Freedom land in Pierce County

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on June 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm with 1 Comment »
June 21, 2010 3:34 pm

The Collings Foundation this year again brings its Wings of Freedom tour of historic aircraft to the Tacoma Narrows Airport near Gig Harbor.

For the next three days, you can see and learn about planes including the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator and the P-51C Mustang, also known fondly as “Betty Jane.” For $425, you can even take a flight on the B-24 or B-17.

On Monday, you can take a walk-through tour from 2 to 5 p.m.; on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Click here to find out more about the Collings tour, including its next stops in Everett and Seattle.

The photo here, by the way, shows retired Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Wheeler of Gig Harbor telling war stories while standing in front of a B-24 during a similar Narrows Airport tour stop in 2008. “You hear the sounds of those engines,” said Wheeler, a former B-17 crew member. “It’s just a nostalgic trip.”

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  1. m9078jk3 says:

    Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Wheeler had a experience evading capture as a Missing Air Crewman as a 2nd Lt on a December 18th combat mission The FLAK over those targets were very heavy.
    His first name is listed as Richard on the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) # 10893.Part of the MACR is on the 301st BG’s website.The rest could be obtained from the website footnote.
    http://www.301bg.com/MacrDetails.cfm?MID=127

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