Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod will once again welcome back the popular Collings Foundations’ WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR September 24-26, giving visitors another chance to explore and experience vintage World War II aircraft.
Four of the most famous World War II bomber and fighter aircraft – including the North American B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo”, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter – will be exhibited on the Airport’s East Ramp from September 24th through September 26th with free parking on Mary Dunn Way.
It promises to be another exciting showcase of living history, offering tours of the beautifully restored aircraft. Visitors can even take to the skies for the ultimate experience whether aboard the bombers or getting “stick time” inside a full Dual Control P-51D Mustang.
Ground tours as well as a one-of-a-kind 30-minute flight experience will be available to interested patrons. WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost.
The B-25 is best known for flying the Doolittle Raid, the B-17 is one of only eight still in flying condition in the United States, while the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang, also known as the bombers “Little Friend,” are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world today.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out at a cost of $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. These fees grant you access to up-close viewing and tours inside of the aircraft. They also allow the Foundation to continue their work of both restoring and preserving the aircraft for future generations. Discounted rates are also available for school groups. Hours of ground tours and display are: 12 pm to 5 pm on Monday, September 24; 9:30 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, September 25; and 9:30 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, September 26.
Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of actually taking a 30-minute flight aboard the aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flight training is $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.
In addition, Barnstable Municipal Airport will also showcase the equipment used to maintain the airport. Kids can touch, climb and sit in the driver seat of various vehicles including fire trucks, snow blowers, snow plows, backhoes and more.
The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” that allows people to learn through direct participation. During this layover event in Hyannis, patrons have the rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.
For reservations on flight experiences call 800-568-8924. Or for more information visit https://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/hyannis-ma/