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May 11

WWII Planes in Paso Robles

In 2007 I had a chance to fly from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in a World War II era Consolidated B-24 Liberator flown by the Collings Foundation. It was a huge thrill. About a month ago my wife’s mom took a flight in a B-17 and she said the same thing.

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History has returned to Paso Robles today with the addition of a P-51 Mustang fighter and subtraction of the B-25 Mitchell bomber. If you are interested get out and see them, they are scheduled fly out Wednesday May 13, 2009.

Here are the details from the Tribune story.

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By Tonya Strickland
tstrickland[at]thetribunenews.com
Three World War II-era planes have landed at the Paso Robles Municipal
Airport for a three-day historical display.
The aircraft — which visitors can explore inside and out — are part of the
Wings of Freedom Tour to recognize the 64th anniversary of World War II’s
end in Europe.
The North County showcase, held at the airport at 4912 Wing Way, began
Monday afternoon and will continue until the planes depart at noon
Wednesday.
The planes, in their tour to 110 cities this year, came from Burbank and
will next fly to Hollister.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North
American P-51 Mustang, have been to San Luis Obispo County several times
since their first visit in 2001.
The North American B-25 Mitchell, which flew into the county in years past,
didn’t make it this year because it’s being restored, officials said.
Another plane, the German Messerschmitt Me 262, was scheduled to join this
event but was unable to make it.
The Collings Foundation provides the airplanes. The Massachusetts-based
nonprofit group raises money for the planes’ restoration and upkeep through
proceeds received from people taking rides.
Ground tours, which cost $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and
younger, will take place on the main terminal ramp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
today and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
Visitors can also take a 30-minute flight for a tax-deductible donation
ranging from $425 to several thousand dollars, depending on the plane.
Flights are scheduled before and after the ground tour times. For
reservations, call 1-800-568-8924.
For more details on the foundation, visit www.collingsfoundation.org

 

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