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The Collings Foun­da­tion’s Wings of Free­dom Tour will visit Ha­zle­ton Re­gional Air­port, 5175 Old Air­port Road, Ha­zle­ton, from Mon­day through Wed­nes­day. The sched­ule: Noon to 8 p. m. Mon­day, 9 a. m. to 8 p. m., with car show from 11 a. m. to 6 p. m. Tues­day and 9 a. m. to noon Wed­nes­day. Ex­plore the air­craft: World War II vet­er­ans are ad­mit­ted free of charge. Adults are ad­mit­ted for $ 15 while chil­dren under 12 are ad­mit­ted for $ 5 for up- close view­ing and tours in­side the planes. Air­craft can also be viewed from the air­port park­ing lot fence at no cost. Take a trip: A 30- minute flight aboard the B- 17 or B- 24 are $ 450 per per­son, while P- 51 flights are $ 2,200 for a halfhour and $ 3,200 for a full hour. B- 25 flights are $ 400 per per­son. For reser­va­tions and in­for­ma­tion on flight ex­pe­ri­ences call 800- 568- 8924. Venue in­for­ma­tion: The event fea­tures free park­ing, ADAac­ces­si­ble por­ta­ble toi­lets, hand- wash sta­tions and baby­chang­ing sta­tions. Ha­zle Township Fire and Res­cue will serve food such as hot dogs, ham­burg­ers and bev­er­ages. Vend­ing ma­chines are also avail­able. Smok­ing and va­p­ing on the air­port ramp or in­side the fenced- in area is pro­hib­ited. Pets, drones, bi­cy­cles or al­co­hol are not per­mit­ted at the air­port. Get in­volved: Vis­i­tors and those in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ships or en­try to the car show can find out more about the tour and foun­da­tion by vis­it­ing www. collings­foun­da­tion. org or face­book. com/ wingsover­ha­zle­ton. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fits the Collings Foun­da­tion. the war from 1942 to 1945 and were known for their abil­ity to sus­tain dam­age and still ac­com­plish the mis­sion, the foun­da­tion states.

The P- 51Mus­tang was awarded grand cham­pion for restora­tion atEAA( Ex­per­i­men­tal Air­craftAs­so­ci­a­tion) Oshkosh AirVen­ture and was af­fec­tion­ately known as the bombers’ “Lit­tle Friend,” sav­ing count­less crews from Axis fight­ers, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by Chaney.

Al­though their his­tory is rich and deep, many air­craft were scrapped for alu­minum used to re­build post- war Amer­ica, mak­ing sur­viv­ing planes rare and their roles in telling the story of World War II im­por­tant, which is why the Collings Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to fly and dis­play them, a press re­lease states.

“It’s like an in­ter­ac­tive fly­ing memo­rial for ourWorld War II vets,” Chaney said.

Peo­ple can get a good un­der­stand­ing of WorldWar II- era air­craft by read­ing a his­tory book, he said, but to see them in per­son is a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, en­gag­ing peo­ple in his­tory and in the sac­ri­fices made by vet­er­ans with some­thing tan­gi­ble.

The air­craft, he said, is a cat­a­lyst­which hon­ors vet­er­ans in a “deep” and “last­ing” way. On a per­sonal level, guests also re­mem­ber their loved oneswho served in the mil­i­tary­when they peer into the pieces of his­tory on dis­play and hear vet­er­ans re­call their duty. They re­flect on the im­por­tance of serv­ing in any­war, he said.

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