Wings Of Freedom Tour Flies Into Airport

The B-17 known as the "Nine O Nine" pictured at the Chautauqua Jamestown Airport in August. P-J photos by Eric Tichy

A bit of history flew into the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport on Monday.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour returned to the airport for a four-day event that will allow area residents to experience and tour World War II-era aircraft. The planes — B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo,” P-51 Mustang Toulouse Nuts and the P-40 Warhawk “Haws” — were in place after flying in around noon.

The foundation, a nonprofit formed in 1979, said the event is a “rare opportunity to visit, explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.”

Residents were allowed to get an up-close look at the planes Monday. People were allowed inside the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator to tour the aircraft and get a feel for what it was like for those who flew them during the war.

Tours resume today and Wednesday at the airport from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Pictured inside the B-24 Liberator during Monday’s Wings of Freedom tour kickoff are Buffalo residents Dylan, Ella, Jacob and Brynn.

Flights can also be reserved for varying prices by calling 1-800-568-8924.