World War II Planes to Spend Three Days at Oxford Airport

The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour will showcase five World War II-era planes from 2 p.m. Friday, September 6, to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 8 at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport, 288 Christian St. in Oxford. On display will be a vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, a North American P-51 Mustang and a B-25 Mitchell.

OXFORD — The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour will showcase several World War II-era planes from 2 p.m. Friday, September 6 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 8 at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport, 288 Christian St. On display will be a vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, North American P-51 Mustang and B-25 Mitchell.

The aircraft will be on display and open for ground tours from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. There are discounted rates for school groups.

Visitors may also experience a 30-minute flight aboard the rare aircraft.

Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. B-25 flights are $400 per person.

P-40 Warhawk flight training costs $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. 

P-51 flight training costs $2,400 for a half hour and $3,400 for a full hour. 

The Collings Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing living history events that allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.

The nationwide Wings of Freedom tour is celebrating its 30th year and visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states annually. The tour travels the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who 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.

The rarity of the B-17, B-25, B-24, P-40 and P-51 and their importance to telling the story of World War II is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide.

Those seeking additional information may visit www.collingsfoundation.org, email Hunter Chaney at hchaney@collingsfoundation.org or call 800-568-8924.

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