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Here is Birthday boy Andres (lead mechanic) winding up the rubber band. ...

Our lead mechanic Andres Morales has a birthday today! Happy B-Day Andres. Give him a pat on the back if you see him in Salem, OR today. ...

A big thank you for all the folks in the Eureka area for taking the time to come visit the tour! There until 12 noon, then off to Corvallis. ...

I exited the John Muir Medical Center in Concord, Ca.. as I approached the crew van, I discovered a note affixed to the van. My first thought was; there must be damage involved! 😱 The note reads as follows; “@ 19 years old, my dad flew 66 missions into France and Italy, out of Corsica- WWII. Earned Silver Star out of 2300 men! Thanks for honoring them! God Bless!” This is a modest tribute to the Collings Family, the Collings Foundation, its mission, and all those that carry it out! After all the highs and lows of volunteering and life on the road, one never knows when or where, a token of inspiration, an impact on someone’s life, a modicum kindness, or a thank you may occur. To whom ever penned this missive, Bless you and yours. Special Thanks to the courage of your dad, and all those who fought, served, and supported, the effort to mold this Country, May they never be forgotten! ...

2 weeks ago

Collings Foundation

On June 5, 2019, Gordon Boultbee and Bill Traverso brought WWII Veteran, Lt. Albert Maggini (pic below) to the Wings of Freedom Tour, at the Charles Schultz airport in Sonoma County, Ca., to see the “909,” B17, as well as the Navigators seat similar to the one he served in. Lt. Maggini served as a B17 Navigator in the Mighty 8th, 351 Bomb Group, during WWII. Lt. Maggini is 103 years of age today. Lt. Maggini shook my hand and stated, “I will be 104 in September, if I make it.” I can assure you that if his firm handshake was any indication, Lt. Maggini will make it to 104, and beyond.

The 351st Bomb Group is the same unit Clark Gabel was in, but not at the same time, recalls Lt. Maggini.

Lt. Maggini enter service in 1944, completing 35 missions and returning home in just prior to the end of the war in 1945. Lt Maggini earned the Air Medal and five clusters. Lt. Maggini was to be awarded the Flying Cross for extending his enlistment, but decided returning to his darling wife was award enough!

Lt. Maggini recalled being “Hit” and losing the #1 engine, and significant damage to the #2 engine. The option was to ditch the plane in the North Sea or try to land in Brussels. Brussels it was, “We would not have survived ditching in the North Sea,” recalls Lt Maggini! He laughingly stated; “some of the men wanted to stay because of all the women,” but he had no part in that! Lt. Maggini said the crew was picked up two days before the Germans took Brussels.

Lt. Maggini stated the worst “flack” he encountered was over the oil refineries, indicated they lost approximately 9 out of 36, B17 aircraft during each raid. After returning from a bombing run over Cologne, Lt. Maggini was presented with a piece of flack discovered lodged in his Navigator’s desk, by a ground crew member that inspected the aircraft upon its return. Lt. Maggini carries that fragment today (see pic).

Lt Maggini flew in the B17, named “Black Magic.” Lt. Maggini reported that some time later, “Black Magic” was lost during a crash landing in Belgium!

Lt. Maggini is a true hero and inspiration. I am honored and pleased to introduce him to you today! Thank you for your service sir!
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Upcoming Events › Wings of Freedom Tour

Experience World War II history across the United States! Visit and explore the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and see the B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, and P-40 Warhawk on the ground.

Ground display admission is traditionally $15 for adults, $5 for kids and reservations for ground tours are not needed. Admission at some locations may vary, so please check the schedule below to be sure.

Fly a Mission on a Bomber!
You can fly a mission aboard the B-17, B-24, or B-25 at all locations of the Wings of Freedom Tour for an additional donation – $450 per person for the B-17 & B-24, $400 for the B-25. Schedule a flight by clicking on the city closest to you below.

Become a Fighter Pilot for a Day!
For the ultimate experience, take the controls of the P-51 Mustang or P-40 Warhawk on a flight training experience! In our unique dual-control P-51 and P-40, you’ll fly with a flight instructor and actually fly the plane! No previous flight experience needed! See the schedule below for locations and prices for flight training starting at $2200 for 30 minutes in the P-40.

Many More Visits to be Added!
The schedule below contains the currently confirmed visits, but there are many more to come around the United States later in the year, so bookmark this page and keep checking back!

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June 2019

$5 – $15

Bremerton, WA – Bremerton National Airport (PWT)

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - June 19 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Port Angeles, WA – William R Fairchild International Airport (CLM)

June 19 @ 2:00 pm - June 21 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Seattle, WA – Boeing Field (BFI)

June 21 @ 2:00 pm - June 23 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Yakima, WA – Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field (YKM)

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - June 27 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Pasco, WA – Tri-Cities Airport (PSC)

June 27 @ 2:00 pm - June 30 @ 5:00 pm
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July 2019

$5 – $15

Spokane, WA – Spokane International Airport (GEG)

July 1 @ 12:00 pm - July 3 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Kalispell, MT – Glacier Park International Airport (GPI)

July 3 @ 2:00 pm - July 5 @ 2:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Great Falls, MT – Great Falls International Airport (GTF)

July 5 @ 2:00 pm - July 7 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Billings, MT – Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - July 10 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Casper, WY – Casper/Natrona County International Airport (CPR)

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - July 12 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Ft. Collins/Loveland, CO – Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL)

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - July 14 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Columbus, NE – Columbus Municipal Airport (OLU)

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - July 19 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Omaha, NE – Eppley Airfield (OMA)

July 19 @ 2:00 pm - July 21 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Chicago, IL – Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - July 28 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Lafayette, IN – Purdue University Airport (LAF)

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - August 1 @ 12:00 pm
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August 2019

$5 – $15

Valparaiso, IN – Porter County Regional Airport (VPZ)

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - August 4 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Akron-Canton, OH – Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK) – MAPS Air Museum

August 9 @ 2:00 pm - August 11 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Jamestown, NY – Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport (JHW)

August 12 @ 12:00 pm - August 15 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Butler, PA – Pittsburgh/Butler Regional Airport (BTP)

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - August 18 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Hazleton, PA – Hazleton Regional Airport (HZL)

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - August 21 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Belmar / Wall Township, NJ – Monmouth Executive Airport (BLM)

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - August 25 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Millville, NJ – Millville Municipal Airport (MIV)

August 28 @ 2:00 pm - August 30 @ 12:00 pm
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$12 – $16

Cape May, NJ – Cape May County Airport (WWD) – NAS Wildwood Museum

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
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September 2019

$5 – $15

Waterbury/Oxford, CT – Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC)

September 6 @ 2:00 pm - September 8 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Beverly, MA – Beverly Regional Airport (BVY)

September 13 @ 2:00 pm - September 15 @ 4:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Plymouth, MA – Plymouth Municipal Airport (PYM)

September 18 @ 2:00 pm - September 20 @ 12:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Worcester, MA – Worcester Regional Airport (ORH)

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - September 22 @ 4:30 pm
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$5 – $15

Nashua, NH – Boire Field (ASH)

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - September 29 @ 4:00 pm
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October 2019

$5 – $15

Westminster, MD – Carroll County Regional Airport (DMW)

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - October 13 @ 4:30 pm
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Battle For The Airfield – WWII Re-enactment

October 12 @ 8:30 am - October 13 @ 5:00 pm
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$5 – $15

Greenville, SC – Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU)

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - October 27 @ 4:00 pm
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