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World War II Planes To Stop At SRQ Airport

Non-profit Collings Foundation's annual tour of World War II bombers makes a stop for its Wings of Freedom Tour.

History buffs and plane enthusiasts of all ages will get a chance to marvel at and fly in World War II bombers Wednesday through Friday this week at the SRQ Airport.

The Wings of Freedom tour stops at Rextrix Aviation at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport this week where folks can tour a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-34 Liberator or the dual control P-51C Mustang.

Walkthrough tours cost $12 for adults; $6 for children 12 and under. Hours are 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. The tour will also stop at the Venice Municipal Airport's Sun Coast Air Center Friday 2 to 4 p.m. and then 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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And if you're daring, and have the cash, for $425, you can have a 30-minute flight experience on the B-17 and B-24. Half-hour and full hour flights in the P-51 are also available.

The non-profit Collings Foundation operates the tour, which also means the flight experience are a tax-deductible donation. Reservations for the flight experiences are required by calling 1-800-568-8924.

For more information, visit www.cfdn.org.

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