Wings of Freedom Tour opens at Jamestown Airport

P-J photos by Eric Tichy The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour flew into the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport on Monday for a four-day stay. The event allows area residents to tour WWII-era planes in person.

A bit of history flew into the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport on Monday.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour returned to the airport for a four-day event that will allow area residents to experience and tour World War II-era aircraft. The planes – B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo,” P-51 Mustang Toulouse Nuts and the P-40 Warhawk “Haws” – were in place after flying in around noon.

The foundation, a nonprofit formed in 1979, said the event is a “rare opportunity to visit, explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.”

Residents were allowed to get an up-close look at the planes Monday. People were allowed inside the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator to tour the aircraft and get a feel what it was like for those who flew them during the war.

Tours resume today and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Flights can also be reserved for varying prices by calling 1-800-568-8924.

“The Wings of Freedom Tour travels the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them,” the foundation said, as well as “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.”

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