TIFTON -- See what a 10-person B-17 crew went through circa 1944 today through Wednesday at the Henry Tift Meyers Airport in Tifton.

The Boeing Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" will be on display along with the B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft."

Pilots will fly the historic aircraft to Tifton as part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour.

The Collings Foundation is a non-profit Educational Foundation that organizes and supports "living history" and encourages Americans to get involved with direct participation.

Since 1989, the Foundation focused on the Veterans' Wings of Freedom tour.

This year marks the first stop in the South Georgia city.

The aircraft is set to arrive at 2 p.m. Monday and will be on display until 1 p.m. Wednesday when pilots fly the World War II beauties home.

A Collings Foundation press release said the B-17 is one of only 11 in flying condition in the United States, and the B-24 is the only example in the world that flies, and is part of only a handful on display at museums.

Donations of $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 12 will get onlookers up-close viewing of the aircraft.

For $400, want-to-be World War II pilots can get a half-hour ride in the planes.

The B-17 "Nine-O-Nine" was finished 1945, and although too late for combat, the plane served as a rescue and military air transport service.

The aircraft received its nickname from near-death misses and the ability to "rise from the ashes."

The "Witchcraft" B-24 Liberator saw combat in the Pacific Theater via the Royal Air Force in operations ranging from anti-shipping to bombing and re-supply of resistance force operations.

The plane was named to honor the veterans of the 8th Air Force, which flew in the European Theater during World War II.

Persons can tour aircraft from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Thirty-minute flight experiences are scheduled before and after the ground tour times.

For reservations on rides or information call The Collings Foundation at 1-800-568-8924.



- See the Boeing Flying Fortress B-17 "Nine-O-Nine" and the B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" this week, Monday through Wednesday at the Henry Tift Meyers Airport in Tifton.

Donations of $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under will get onlookers up-close inspections of the restored aircraft.

For information, call The Collings Foundation at 1-800-568-8924.

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