B-17, B-24 bombers and P-51 fighter in Seattle for tours and flights
SEATTLE, June 10, 2011--Two historic World War II bombers and a rare, two-seat P-51 fighter aircraft will be at The Museum of Flight from June 24-26 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 24 around 1:30 p.m., and will be stationed at the Museum's ramp on Boeing Field. Tours and rides are available 2-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-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 are invited to fly in the B-24 shortly after its arrival on Friday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m. To book a place on the bomber, please contact the Museum's public relations office, or the Collings Foundation at 978-562-9182.
For information about the Collings Foundation: www.collingsfoundation.org
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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.
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