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Wings of Freedom Tour makes a stop in Marana

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Aircraft from Wings of Freedom which will be in Marana this weekend (Source: http://www.collingsfoundation.org) Aircraft from Wings of Freedom which will be in Marana this weekend (Source: http://www.collingsfoundation.org)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Wings of Freedom Tour is making a stop in Marana this weekend.

The tour highlights three aircraft that featured prominently in the U.S. victories in World War Two - a B-17 Flying Fortress, B024 Liberator and a P-51 Mustang.  These three aircraft will be flying into the Marana Regional Airport on April 4.

All three aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Marana at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4 and will be on display through Sunday.  For many this will be a rare opportunity to see these WWII aircraft up close.  According to the Collings Foundation the B-17 on display is one of only eight in flying condition in the U.S., while the B24J Liberator and the P-51C (dual control) are the only examples of their type still flying in the world. 

Admission to see these historic planes is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.  WWII veterans will be admitted for free.  Included in admission is a chance to get close to the aircraft, as well as a tour of the inside of each plane.  There are discounted rates for school groups.  Hours of display and ground tours will be 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. on April 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6. 

Visitors may also experience a once in a lifetime opportunity - riding inside either the B-17 or the B-24, and even some 'stick time' for the more adventurous in the P-51 Mustang. For more information on times and prices please call (800) 568-8924.

Marana Regional Airport is located on W. Avra Valley Road, and the Wings of Freedom will be displayed near the Ramp at the southeast corner of the field.

The Wings of Freedom Tour travels across the U.S., as a flying tribute to the flight crews who originally flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve.

Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.collingsfoundation.org

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