Classic WWII aircraft visit Helena for historic experience

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 14:36:12-04

Four classic World War II aircraft are visiting the Helena Regional Airport as a part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.

The Wings of Freedom Tour is put on by the Collings Foundation (501(c)3) as a living history event to help Americans learn more about their heritage through direct participation.

The bomber and fighter aircraft on display include a B-25 Mitchell, a P-51 Mustang, a B-17 Flying Fortress, and a B-24 Liberator.

The planes will be by Morrison Park off Airport Road through Thursday, July 5. People are able to not only tour the aircraft, but book flights in the planes themselves.

Chief Pilot Robert Pinksten said it’s great to teach people about these planes but his favorite part is when veterans come to see the planes.

“Talking with World War II vets, climbing up in the cockpit with them, exchanging tips about flying the aircraft with a guy who flew it in combat over World War II is just an incredible experience,” said Pinksten.

The next stop for the Wings of Freedom Tour is the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

Walk Through Tour Times (no reservations needed):
7/3/2018 – 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
7/4/2018 – 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
7/5/2018– 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM

$15 Adults / $5 Children 12 and under.

Flights take place before and after tours.

30-minute flight on the B-17 or B-24 is $450 per person
30-minute flight on the B-25 is $400 per person
30-minute flight training on the TF-51D is $2200
60-minute flight training on the TF-51D is $3200

Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations.

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