Rides on three vintage World War II combat planes will be available, for a price, when the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour comes to Pensacola on March 8 through 10. The nonprofit organization, based in Stow, Mass., is bringing a P-51 Mustang, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator to the Pensacola International Airport’s Aviation Center. Tickets for [...]
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Depending on who you talk with, many aircraft fit the bill as the plane that won the war. Many say the B-17 Flying Fortress or the B-29 dropping the two atomic bombs on Japan did the trick. If you were connected with the P-51 Mustang or the P-38, you’d most likely say that they were the dominating factors in winning [...]
UK based 8th USAAF historian Clive Stevens – I flew with Jimmy Leeward in 1999 when he was piloting the Collins Foundation B-17 G ‘Nine O Nine’ on an evening dusk patrol up the Banana River in Florida out of Titusville and flying across the Cape. When Jimmy (Captain of the aircraft) realised we had flown over from England [...]
My name is Ray Fowler and I serve as the Chief Pilot for the Liberty Foundation. While my “real” job is flying as an airline pilot, as well as an F-16 pilot in the Air National Guard, my passion is with WWII aviation history. I have been deployed on multiple combat tours in Iraq as part of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” [...]
A memorial has been held to honour 11 US military personnel who died when their plane crashed in a Manx field at the end of World War II. Lt Robert Vielle, an experienced and decorated pilot, had been flying a B-17G from England to Northern Ireland when he hit bad weather over the Irish Sea on 14 April 1945. The [...]
For nearly seven years, the Memphis Belle has been hidden in Ohio, sitting in pieces after being disassembled and carted from her longtime home on Mud Island. But the Belle hasn’t been forgotten, left to rot away in some dank hangar on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Instead, crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air [...]