Vintage war planes come to Moffett Field


Three World War II-era fighter and bomber aircraft will be available for up-close exploration May 21 through 29 at Moffett Federal Airfield as part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour, a nationwide tour bringing rare wartime aircraft to the public.

Despite their importance in the war effort, many military aircraft were scrapped after the war for their raw aluminum. The Collings Foundation flies and displays these rare aircraft nationwide to encourage local veterans and families to visit and share their experiences with the public.

On display will be two bombers, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber nicknamed "Nine Oh Nine," a Consolidated B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber nicknamed "Witchcraft," and a P-51 Mustang fighter nicknamed "Betty Jane."

The planes will arrive at Moffett Field at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 21, and will be on display at the Main Gate near Moffett Field's control tower. The planes will be available for ground tours and display from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 21, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 22 through 29.

Donations of $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12 are requested for up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Thirty-minute and hour-long flights in the planes are available by reservation for an additional fee.

More information about the Wings of Freedom tour is available at the Collings Foundation's website.

— Ellen Huet

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Posted by B-17 Plane Sponsor
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Donations for adults is $12.00 not $10.00
1/2 hour rides on the bombers are available also at $425 per person and well worth it. Your donations help "Keep'em flying"

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Posted by Thrilled
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

As a member of the Moffett Field Museum, and having lived during the era when WWII was in session, I can only say this is a wonderful thing that this group is doing. Thank you all for keeping this memory alive! The valor of "these men and their flying machines" is the only reason the world is free today. It was the efforts of Yankee Know-how that defeated Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy and Imperialist Japan to return the world to freedom. What a gallant struggle these remaining aircraft represent. May they forever remain in the hearts of a grateful free world!

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