MARTINSBURG - Two vintage World War II airplanes are scheduled to fly next week into the Altoona-Blair County Airport as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.
The Collings Foundation of Stowe, Mass., which has brought as many as four warbirds to Blair County during previous tours, has scheduled its B-17 Flying Fortress and its B-24 Liberator for viewing and flights from Wednesday to Friday.
Both were used extensively on bombing missions from 1942-45.
Spectators glance at two vintage World War II airplanes at the Altoona-Blair County Airport at a 2009 Wings of Freedom Tour, hosted by the Collings Foundation of Stowe, Mass. The foundation is scheduled to fly in a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator for viewing and flights from Wednesday to Friday.
If available, the foundation's P-51 Mustang, which often flew with bombers to protect crews from enemy fire, will be part of the show "The P-51 was flown to Florida for maintenance, and it may or may not be done in time to have it in Altoona," Ken Miles, director of operations for the Collings Foundation, said Thursday. "It was in need some maintenance that we thought was going to wait until we got through the tour, but on Monday, we decided to get it done now. ... We wanted to be cautious."
Altoona-Blair County Airport Manager Tim Hite said he welcomes the organization and its aircraft that always grab interest.
"It's good for the airport," Hite said.
This year's schedule calls for walk-through aircraft tours from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years old and younger.
Flights in either aircraft, at $425 per person, can be reserved by calling 800-568-8924.