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Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:07 am

Who: The Collings Foundation, a 501c3 Non-Profit Educational Foundation based in Stow, MA. http://www.cfdn.org/

What: The Wings of Freedom Tour featuring the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang, four of America’s most famous WWII aircraft.

When: August 4-6. 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM August 4; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM August 5; and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM August 6.

Where: Porter County Regional Airport, 4207 Murvihill Road, Valparaiso, IN.

Why: To honor the veterans of WWII, to educate the nation about the history and impact WWII had on our country, and to assure that the memory of those who gave their life for their country will never be forgotten.

How: All three aircraft are available for walkthrough tours for $15 for Adults and $5 for Children 12 and under. WWII Veterans are admitted for free. Flights are available aboard the aircraft for a tax-deductible donation. B-17 and B-24 flights are $450 per person. Flights on the B-25 are $400. Bomber rides are 30 minutes in duration. "Stick-time" aboard the P-51 is $2200 for 30-minutes and $3200 for 1-hour. Pilot’s license not required. For more information or to schedule a ride call 800-568-8924.

Other activities will include Food & Beverages from EAA Chapter 104, an Honor Flight Chicago display, and more.

Re: Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:17 pm

EAA Chapter 104 will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 5, from 7am to 11am. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage is $6 per person. Children 5 and under eat for free.

Re: Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:50 am

The Collings Foundation's Mk. IX Spitfire will be making an appearance at the Valparaiso, IN tour stop of the National "Wings of Freedom Tour." Valparaiso is one of only two "Wings of Freedom Tour" cities to host this iconic aircraft. "BR601" is arguably one of the most significant surviving Allied fighters in the world.

Re: Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:44 pm

That note about the Spitfire got my attention. One would almost think that it might be on its way home from Oshkosh.

Is there any general way to tell what "extra" aircraft (Spitfire, Me 262, Corsair, Skyraider, etc.) might be with the tour at any particular stop? The CF web site does not seem to say.


Re: Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:18 pm

Went Sunday, Spitfire is great, didn't fly though

Re: Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:39 pm

We had the Spitfire on Monday (Aug 7th) at LAF too. I heard some chatter implying it was leaving on Tuesday and also assumed it was on it's way through after OSH. I didn't make it back out to the airport on Tuesday to see if it was still there.

Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 Valparaiso IN

Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:38 pm

Id like to share some pics I took at Wings Of Freedom Tour, Mountain View, CA on last Sun5/20:

B-17 Flying Fortress

Re: Wings of Freedom Tour 2017 - Valparaiso, IN

Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:00 am

The Collings Establishment's Mk. IX Firecracker will show up at the Valparaiso, IN visit stop of the National "Wings of Opportunity Visit." Valparaiso is one of just two "Wings of Opportunity Visit" urban areas to have this notable airplane. "BR601" is seemingly a standout amongst the most noteworthy enduring Unified warriors on the planet.
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