Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fly in a World War II Plane

I saw an ad in today's Chicago tribune for what they call "The Ultimate Living History Experience," the chance to tour two World War II bombers and probably the most famous fighter plane from the war.

The Wings of Freedom Tour, put on by the Collings Foundation, has come to the Chicago area.

The fighter is the P-51 Mustang and the bombers are a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator.

I have been writing about bombers in my history blog at Http://

World War II's planes are becoming of great interest to me. I even have a daily calendar and a monthly calendar featuring them.

July 20-22 at the Greater Kankakee Airport

July 22-25 at the Chicago Executive Airport

July 25-27 at the Porter County Regional Airport

July 27-29 at the Griffith-Merrillville Airport.

WALK-THROUGH TOURS are $12 for adults, $6 for children. Then, there's the biggie, you can actually go up in one. To go up in one of the bombers will cost you $425. (A World War II bomber crashed in the Chicago area a month ago.

The primo event gives you "stick-time" flying the P-51 (which is dual control). But that costs $2200 for a half hour and $3200 for a full hour.

Expensive, but the costs go to keeping the vintage aircraft running.

Thinking About the Walk-Throughs. --RoadDog

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