"I can't wait to hear the sound of the mighty engines propelling these four Warbirds towards our airport!" stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport. "I never tire of seeing them and neither does our community. This is our most attended event of the year! They tell us that Greenville is their best attended stop on the East coast!" added Frasher.
In honor of our WWII Veterans, the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour brings extremely rare bombers and fighter aircraft to Greenville for local living history displays. North American B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo," Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine," Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft," and P-51 Mustang "Toulouse Nuts" are expected to arrive at the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina on Friday, October 27th and stay through Sunday, October 29th. To help celebrate their visit the Military History Center of the Carolinas (MHCC) will open the doors of their future Military History Museum to the public so people can get a sneak peek of what the future holds and just how far the museum's development has come. MHCC will also have military vehicles on display.
Want to come?
Aircraft will be on display next to Runway Park (21 Airport Road Ext.) at the Greenville Downtown Airport in S.C.
Friday, October 27th 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Walk through aircraft tours are $15 for Adults, $5 for children 12 and younger
MHCC Military Museum Open House - FREE to attend
In addition, music will add to the experience on Saturday, October 28th
At 10:00 am, the Greenville Textile Heritage Band will perform - FREE to attend
At 1:00 pm, the Upstate Senior Band will perform - FREE to attend
This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of history. The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the World. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle Raid and the P-51 "Toulouse Nuts" recently received the 2016 Oshkosh Grand Champion Award for restoration.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out ($15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft). Discounted rates are available for school groups. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. B-25 flights are $400 per person for a 30-minute ride. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.
The WINGS OF FREEDOM 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 B-17, B-25 & B-24 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission. Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home. The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers “Little Friend,” saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity. Therefore, very few were spared. The rarity of the B-17, B-25, B-24 & P-51, and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. At each location we encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides an opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around! Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.collingsfoundation.org.
The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 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 27th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24, B-25 & P-51 displays at locations everywhere. The WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.