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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.