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Rare World War II Bombers and Fighter Based at The Museum of Flight June 25 - 28

Date: 
06/16/2010
B-17, B-24 bombers and P-51 fighter in Seattle for tours and rides
 
SEATTLE, June 16, 2010--Two historic World War II bombers and a rare, two-seat P-51 fighter aircraft will be at The Museum of Flight from June 25 - 28 for ground tours and rides open to the public. The aircraft are on a national "Wings of Freedom Tour 2010" sponsored by the non-profit Collings Foundation. Aircraft include the Boeing
B-17G and Consolidated B-24J bombers and a dual control, two-seat TP-51C Mustang fighter. The B-24 and P-51 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 rare treasures of aviation history. The aircraft are scheduled to arrive Friday, June 25 at 2 p.m. and will be stationed at the Museum's ramp on Boeing Field until Monday, June 28. Tours and rides are available from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to noon on Monday.
 
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

Museum visitors can see other World War II aircraft inside the Museum's Personal Courage Wing. Fighters displayed include examples from Japan, Germany, England, the Soviet Union and the United States. 
 
Media Flight Opportunities:
Local media flights on the B-24 will be on Friday, June 25 at 1:45 p.m., shortly after the aircraft arrive at the Museum. Please contact the Museum's public relations office for scheduling.
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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 BarnĀ® - the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only air and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
 
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 $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 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. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org.
PR and Promotions Manager
206.768.7105
Tara Cashman
PR Assistant
206.768.7128