SEATTLE, June 24, 2016--The steady rumble of World War II bomber flight operations will resonate at The Museum of Flight July 1-4, while a group of four historic aircraft is based here for public rides and tours. Ground tours and flights will be available in the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell bombers, and a dual-control P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft. The planes are on the national "Wings of Freedom Tour" sponsored by the non-profit Collings Foundation. This is the only weekend this year scheduled for bomber rides at the Museum.
The Collings' two-seat TP-51C is only one a few Mustangs with flight controls for the passenger, and the Foundation's B-24J is the only one of its kind still flying. Collings' Boeing B-17G is one of only about a dozen still flying, and with the Museum's B-17F on display nearby, this is about the only place to see two of these Flying Fortresses in the same glance. Ground tours are free for World War II veterans.
The aircraft will be stationed at the Museum's tarmac on Boeing Field. Tours and rides are available Friday, July 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., and July 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flights are available on each airplane. For information on flight reservations and costs, call 978-562-9182 or visit http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_flightexperie...
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On Friday, July 1 at 2 p.m. there will be media flight in either the B-17 or B-24 bomber (to be determined that day). Please contact Ted Huetter at The Museum of Flight, or Hunter Cheney at the Collings Foundation (978-562-9182) for reservations. Participants are requested to be at the Museum tarmac by about 1:30 p.m.
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Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23 on-site and $21 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21 per adult, $13 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick's. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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