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July 8, 2013

Wings of Freedom Tour coming to Mankato Airport

Few of the rare aircraft still exist worldwide


Visitors to the exhibit can explore the aircraft inside and out, and the tours are free to World War II veterans.

Those willing to foot the cost can take a 30-minute flight aboard the planes. Flights on the B-17 or B-24 are $425; and P-51 flights are $2,200 for 30 minutes and $3,200 for an hour.

The Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 24th year and visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states each year. Tens of millions of people have seen the aircraft since the tour began.

The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to organizing “living history” events that allow people to learn about their heritage through hands-on experiences.

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