Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 3, 2013

Remember why we are free

-- — The Wings of Freedom Tour will fly into Valdosta this week, featuring rare vintage military aircraft, including a B-17, B-24, and a P-51 Mustang. The B-17 is one of only eight bombers of its kind still in flying condition, while the B-24 and P-51 are the sole remaining examples of their type in the world that are still flying.

The planes will land at the Valdosta Regional Airport Wednesday, Nov. 6, and remain on display through Friday, Nov. 8, at the former terminal where Valdosta Flying Service is located.

Tours of the aircraft are $12 for adults and $6 for children, and WWII veterans can tour for free.

The purpose of the Wings of Freedom Tour is simple: remember why America is free. Remember how these aircraft played pivotal roles in winning battles that ensured military victories. Remember those who built them, maintained them, flew them into battle, and remain committed to keeping them flying today.

The aircraft are symbolic of America’s commitment to freedom and the tour serves to remind Americans of our heritage while honoring those who served. Seeing photos in a history book is one way to learn, but being able to tour the aircraft and hear the stories of veterans and the air crew brings history to life.

Hours: Wednesday 2 to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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