The following is an excerpt from the Collings Foundation newsletter:
The Collings Foundation is in the process of pitching The Last Liberator as part of a larger series to a couple major TV networks. We are looking for B-24 and B-17 crewmembers to participate in a series of interviews. Are you a WWII Liberator Veteran or do you know one that would make a great interview? Let us know! Please send a short biography and picture to Hunter Chaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[We] hope to pitch this in June. If you are interested, please send a brief email as soon as you can.
Click on the picture to see a much larger image. All of these aircraft are owned by the Collings Foundation and are flown regularly.
The purpose of the Collings Foundation is to organize and support “living history” events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. The Foundation originally collected and restored old automobiles of historical significance and then broadened its focus to include historical aircraft and aviation-related events such as air shows, barnstorming, historical reunions, Wings of Freedom Tour, Vietnam Memorial Flights, joint museum displays and living history events.
The Collings Foundation has a huge collection of restored aircraft, ranging from a 1909 Bleriot Type XI to a McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom that flew in Viet Nam. Yes, the F-4D is flown regularly. A World War II German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter is presently being restored. The complete list of aircraft owned by the Foundation can be found at http://goo.gl/L9Slz.
Most of the restored aircraft are flown regularly. The Foundation is presently on a west coast tour, flying a B-17 bomber, a B-24 bomber, and a P-51 Mustang fighter. You can find a schedule of events of the Wings of Freedom tour as it makes its way up the coast landing in eight cities in Northern California before heading to Oregon and Washington. If you have an interest in history and in old aircraft, you will enjoy seeing these warbirds in the air. For a hefty fee, you can even ride in one of these vintage aircraft on a flight. The fee is "hefty" because it costs more than $4,000 per hour to fly one of these birds. You can see the tour schedule at http://goo.gl/25osE.
I live near the Collings Foundation and have been there many times to see these aircraft fly and to examine them close-up in their hangers.
You can read more about the Collings Foundation at http://www.collingsfoundation.org/.
You might especially enjoy the "Mission Briefing" at http://goo.gl/SV8h0.
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