B-17, B-24 bombers and P-51 fighter at Museum for tours and flights
SEATTLE, June 7, 2013--Two historic World War II bombers and a rare, two-seat P-51 fighter aircraft will be at The Museum of Flight from June 22-24 for ground tours and flights open to the public. The aircraft are on the national "Wings of Freedom Tour" sponsored by the non-profit Collings Foundation. The Consolidated B-24J and dual control, two-seat P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world. The general public will have the opportunity to visit, explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.
The aircraft are scheduled to arrive Friday, June 21 at about 1 p.m. and will be stationed at the Museum's ramp on Boeing Field. Tours and rides are available 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Individuals can purchase flights on the B-17, B-24 and P-51. For information on flight reservations and costs, call 800-568-8924 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org.
"The Museum of Flight is one of our favorite spots," says Collings Foundation Director of Marketing Hunter Chaney, "it's like coming home. There is a particularly strong reception by the veterans in the region. So we look forward to making new friends and revisiting our old relationships in Seattle."
Media Flight June 21:
There will be a media flight will be soon after the bombers arrive on Friday, June 21 at 1 p.m. World War II veterans will accompany reporters on the bomber. Please contact the Museum's public relations office, or the Collings Foundation at 978-562-9182 to reserve space on the aircraft.
For information about the Collings Foundation: www.collingsfoundation.org
Image: The Collings Foundation B-24, B-17 and P-51 (bottom to top). Photo Collings Foundation.
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The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for active military, $10 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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