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The B-25 Medium Range bomber is welcomed by the CitizeNetReporter at Westchester County Airport today along with its squadron of the Ghost Planes of World War II.

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Peter Katz, White Plains Week anchor, pays his respects to “Tondelao” Note the missions and raids marks on the nose of the aircraft

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The B-17  Flying Fortress saunters in — taxing to Million Air at Westchester Airport at High Noon today menacing, magnificent– filled with memories of the brave men who flew them and died in them to destroy the Nazi ability to make war.

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A P-51 Mustang–Mainstay of the Pacific Air War –jaunty, firey master of the Japanese Zero

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The B-24–“WITCHCRAFT” arrives last–When I was waiting for the planes to arrive this morning, I thought back to the airfields of England and what it must have been like waiting to see what bombers would return from their raids over Germany. A sense of deep melancholy took hold of me –and the veteran warplanes I saw today that did come back are immortal memorials of the airmen who did the job who did not come back.

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The Flying Legend– The B-17 Flying Fortress. One of only 8 flying B-17s in the world

Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber, B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” mid bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, flew into Westchester County Airport in White Plains at noon today for a visit from through October 4. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.

The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft.

WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates 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. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

WINGS OF FREEDOM AIRCRAFT are on display at Westchester County Airport in White Plains NY, at the Million Air facility.

WHEN: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR arrived at Westchester County Airport at 12:00 PM on October 1 and will be on display at main ramp at Westchester County Airport until the aircraft departs October 4 after 5:00 PM. Hours of ground tours and display are:12:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Thursday October 1; 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on October 2,3, & 4 . The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.


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