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Ever since they were used for bombing missions during World War II, B aircraft have had legions of loyal fans. And as time passes, the chance to fly aboard one of these aircraft has become more rare. So when a nonprofit organization offered history and plane buffs a chance to do just that, they leapt at the chance.
Before an antique B bomber could arrive in Carroll County as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, it crashed shortly after taking off in Connecticut on Wednesday. The World War II-era plane crashed into an airport building as it was trying to land, bursting into flames at Bradley International Airport, officials said. The crash reportedly killed at least seven people and injured seven others. Mark Myers, Carroll County Regional Airport manager, said that same plane was scheduled to land at the Westminster airport next week as part of a stop on the Wings of Freedom Tour, which offers walkthrough tours and in-air flight experiences with a collection of vintage aircraft.
Plane enthusiasts got up close to Harvard planes at the 12th annual Wings and Wheels event on Saturday. The 12 th annual fundraiser — co-hosted with the Tillsonburg Cruisers and Bygone Iron Car Club — featured more than cars, including classic automobiles and military vehicles, and about a dozen vintage planes. Organizer Jim Swalm said the event is popular with families and enthusiasts alike, who come to check out the impressive machines.
Vintage Wings of Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization, with a collection of historically significant aircraft. Most aircraft in the collection are in flying condition, or being restored to flying condition and are frequently flown. Visits from Monday to Friday need to be scheduled in advance.
Govan Whittles 14 Dec Twenty vintage aircraft from 18 countries are participating in the hour journey spread over 35 days, ending in Stellenbosch on Saturday. Before that, a diplomatic row ensued when the pilots, crew and planes were detained at a small airport west of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia for two-and-a-half days towards the end of November, apparently because their documentation was not in order.
They may be old, but they can still take to the skies. The aircraft are part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, a traveling collection of vintage military planes that includes many rare models believed to be among the last of their kind. Visitors are invited to explore and learn more about the aircraft.
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