Wings of Freedom Tour 2012

June 24th, 2012

The Collings Foundation a non-profit educational foundation, recently visited Washington state on their “Wings of Freedom Tour” (where you can get a close up look at the aircraft and for a fee also fly in them). This tour showcases World War Two aircraft including a Consolidated B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress and the worlds only dual-control  North American TP-51C Mustang.

Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Collings Foundation B-24J Liberator
Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Withcraft”
B-24J nose turret
B-24J nose turret

I visited these aircraft during a visit to the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. Unfortunately due to insurance issues the B-17G was operating from a different airport where it was taking passengers up on joy flights on this day. Luckily the TP-51C was able to fly customers at Boeing Field so I got to see it take off and land.

North American TP-51C Mustang in flight
North American TP-51C Mustang
TP-51C Mustang Collings Foundation
North American TP-51C Mustang “Betty Jane”

The B-24J was only on static display. This provided an opportunity to do a walk through the inside of the B-24J from the waist gunner positions, through the bomb bay to just below the cockpit. It was very interesting to get a close up look at a rare flying example of this classic World War Two bomber.

Tail gunner B-24 Liberator Collings Foundation
Consolidated B-24J Liberator
B-24 waist gun
B-24J waist gun position
B-24J Collings Foundation bomb bay
B-24J bomb bay
B-24J Liberator cockpit and radio operator position
B-24J cockpit and radio operator position
B-24J cockpit
B-24J cockpit
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