Historic World War II aircraft descended on Fort Wayne just after 12:30 p.m. Monday. As the planes moved into position at the Fort Wayne Aero Center a crowd was gathering at the gate.
A B-17, a B-24, a B-25 and a P-51 will be parked at the Aero Center for the next couple of days. The mission of the Wings of Freedom Tour is to serve as a flying tribute to those who built, maintained and flew these planes by teaching people about the history of these aircrafts, through hands on learning. This is also a great opportunity for those with family members who served during the war to learn more about the planes those family members flew.
“I have three grandpa’s in World War Two, and after learning about them, I’ve just been interested in learning more about World War Two. I figure this just a good opportunity to come see the planes.” said Talan Turner who was looking forward to getting into the planes.
The tour allows you to walk-through and touch the planes, and for an additional cost you can ride in one. Tours will continue Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. The cost of the walking tour is $15 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under.
Flights are 30-minutes each and, depending on the plane, cost either $400 or $450 per person.
Flight training in the P-51 fighter is $2,500 per person for half an hour, and $3,200 for a full hour.
The Fort Wayne Aero Center is located at 4401 Altitude Drive.
For more information you can visit the airport website here.