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Wings of Freedom Tour Returning to Skagit

Visitors inspect the Collings Foundation’s B-17G Flying Fortress during its visit to Skagit Regional Airport last year.

Burlington, WA – The Port of Skagit is hosting a return visit of three restored World War II-era combat aircraft when the Wings of Freedom Tour touches down at Skagit Regional Airport June 16-18.

The warbirds, a B-17G Flying Fortress named “Nine-O-Nine,” a B-24J Liberator, “Witchcraft,” and a TP-51C Mustang, “Betty Jane,” also visited the airport last June. They are expected to arrive around 11 a.m. on June 16 and depart around 1 p.m. on June 18.

The Collings Foundation, which owns and operates the aircraft, is selling flights and tours all day Monday through Wednesday. 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. World War II veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Hours of ground tours and display are: noon through 5 p.m. on Monday; 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Tuesday; and 9 a.m. through noon on Wednesday.

The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above. Flights in the B-17 or B-24 cost $450 per person. P-51 training flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call the Collings Foundation at 800-568-8924.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com