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Wings of Freedom coming to Minden

Staff Reports

A P-51 Mustang is one of four World War II era planes on display at the Minden-Tahoe Airport as part of the Collings Foundation The Wings of Freedom Tour on display until Wednesday.

The Wings of Freedom Tour featuring World War II vintage aircraft will be featured at Minden-Tahoe Airport from June 16 to 19. Four vintage aircraft will be featured: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang.

In honor of World War II veterans the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour features extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft as part of 110-city nationwide tour.

The B-17 to be featured in Minden is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States while the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle raid.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out — $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Discounted rates for school groups are available. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some stick time in the world's greatest fighter. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. B-25 flights are $400 per person. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

The aircraft are scheduled to arrive at the Minden-Tahoe Airport at 2 p.m. June 16 and are going to be on display at the main ramp of the airport until they depart at 5 p.m. June 19. Tours and displays will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 16 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17-19. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. June 17 and June 18.

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