Wings of Free­dom re­turns

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the mil­i­tary planes.

“There’s a lot of love in that air­craft,” he said.

The Lib­er­a­tor was the most mass- pro­duced air­craft, he said, but only one still flies and the Collings Foun­da­tion has it.

Dick said he even­tu­ally hopes to garner enough in­ter­est to se­cure donors that can pay for the trans­port of an es­pe­cially spe­cial air­craft, the P- 40Warhawk. It is the only air­wor­thy Amer­i­can fighter air­craft that sur­vived Pearl Har­bor. When the at­tack hap­pened, it­was in a re­pair hangar, Dick said.

Sto­ries like that and events like theWings of Free­dom Tour, he said, al­lowhis­tory to be passed on and give lo­cals a chance to see and do some­thing they­may not oth­er­wise ex­pe­ri­ence so close to home.

It’s “fa­tigu­ing,” Dick said, to con­stantly hear neg­a­tive com­ments about the Ha­zle­ton area and al­though it has some prob­lems, there are de­cent things tak­ing place that peo­ple can en­joy and he hopes the Collings Foun­da­tion tour can con­tinue to pro­vide that.

It’swhat­mo­ti­vates him each year to im­prove the event and spend hours upon hours or­ga­niz­ing it.

“It’s one more check in the good col­umn,” he said.

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