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The Statesville Regional Airport is hosting the Wings of Freedom Tour Oct. 25-27 featuring four World War II vintage aircraft.  The planes will be on display for the public during that time for up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. 

This is the third year that the airport has hosted the flying history tour which has attracted hundreds of visitors from throughout the area and state.  According to Statesville Airport Manager John Ferguson, "we are looking forward to repeat visitors as well as bringing in interested persons for the first time.  This is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit, explore and learn about these remarkable treasures of aviation history." 

The tour includes a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American P-51 Mustang and a B-25 bomber. 

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  WWII Veterans can tour the aircraft at no cost.  Discounted rates are also available for school groups.  All proceeds benefit the Collings Foundation, the sponsoring organization and a non-profit, educational foundational dedicated  to organizing living history events throughout the U.S. 

Expect to see the planes circling over Statesville around noon on Oct. 25 as they arrive.  The planes will also be airborne for special charter flights during their three-day stay.  Rides range in costs from $400 to $3,200. These flights can be arranged with Wings of Freedom personnel on site at the airport. 

The times for touring the planes are Oct. 25, 2-4:30 p.m.; Oct. 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Oct. 27, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  A food truck will also be on site. 

For more information about the aircraft, call Ferguson at 704-761-2370.

Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
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