Warbirds Coming to NH this Week

Sep 27, 2011 No Comments by

Airshow season is over in New England but there is one last chance to see some great vintage aircraft. The Collings Foundation has 2 stops in NH scheduled in the coming days. Keene plays host to the WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR from September 28th through the 30th and Nashua will host the WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR from September 30th through October 3rd.

B-24J “Witchcraft”

The last time I saw the WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR was in 2008 at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. It was a spectacular sight to see the planes fly in and TV crews and reporters from newspapers all over the region were on hand to witness the event. I brought my then 8 year old son with me. He loves all kinds of aircraft and a chance to see and get inside a WWII bomber was too good to pass up. We go to air shows all over New England and to have WWII aircraft basically in our back yard was really exciting. Not only can you get inside these one of a kind aircraft you can actually speak to members of the flight crews who flew in WWII. As time goes on there will be less and less of these living legends to be able to tell you first hand what it was like flying over Europe in WWII.

B-17G “Nine O Nine”

The Collings Foundation, who puts on the WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, is a 501c3 non-profit education foundation which takes the tour to over 100 cities and 30 states annually. The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR travels as a flying tribute to the crews who flew, maintained, and built these aircraft as well as the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped to protect.

P-51C “Betty Jane”

The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR consists of two bombers and a fighter aircraft which flew missions throughout WWII. The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and TP-51C Mustang “Betty Jane” will be making their way to New Hampshire for you to see. The B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C are the last of their kind still flying in the world.

B-17G “Nine O Nine”

If you’d like to see these rare aircraft for yourself you are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out the prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups are also available. You may also experience a 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 $425 per person. Or for a truly incredible experience you can 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.



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Visit the Wings of Freedom in Keene at Dillant-Hopkins airport at Monadnock Aviation. The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at Dillant-Hopkins airport at 2:00PM on September 28 and will be on display at Monadnock Aviation at Dillant-Hopkins Airport until the aircraft departs September 30 at 12:00PM. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28; 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 29; 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Friday, September 30. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.


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The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at Boire Field Airport at 2:00 PM on September 30 and will be on display at Nashua Jet Aviation at Boire Field Airport until the aircraft departs October 3 at 12:00 PM. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30; 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 1; 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 2; 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Monday, October 3. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

P-51C “Betty Jane”

Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete works in the information technology banking sector as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view his outstanding images on his website.

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Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete works in the information technology banking sector as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view his outstanding images on his website http://www.petelanglois.net.
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