WWII aircraft fly into SHD

Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 8:11 PM EDT
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The Wings of Freedom Tour flew into Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The tour, sponsored by the Collings Foundation, features several World War II-era aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang.

People who stop by will have the chance to explore the planes both inside and out, as well as take a ride.

"It makes great noise, rumbles along through the sky and reminds people of the history," said Mary Schu, a co-pilot on the B-17. "I'm one of the luckiest people you'll ever meet."

Schu, from Portland, Ore., has a family connection to the early 20th century aircraft. Her uncle flew in a Consolidated B-24 Liberator that was shot down during the war. He was taken prisoner of war and survived to tell the tale.

The Wednesday, Oct. 12 ground tour hours will be 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours on the ground Thursday, Oct. 13 will be 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14 ground hours will be 9 a.m - noon.

Flights with paying passengers can happen each of the days above before and after the ground tour hours.

Prices are as listed:


Adults: $12

Kids: $6

B-17, B-24 Flights:

$450 per person

P-51 Flights:

$2,200 for half-hour

$3,200 for full hour

B-25 Flights:

$400 per person

More information can be found by calling 800-568-8924.