Wings of Freedom returns
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.