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World War II airplane tour to touch down near Phoenix next week

(Collings Foundation Photo)

PHOENIX — Several airplanes used during World War II will be flying in the skies over Phoenix next week and will touch down to let people take tours.

The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour was scheduled to begin Monday at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, located near State Route 85 and Litchfield Road.

The group was expected to bring a North American TF-51D Mustang fighter and at least three bombers: A Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24J Liberator and a North American B-25 Mitchell.

The B-24J is the last of its kind that is still airworthy.

The planes were expected to be in town until Wednesday, when they depart for Bullhead City.

Visitors can walk through the aircraft from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Admission to the display is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Those interested can also hop into the planes for a short flight.

A 30-minute trip in the B-25 was $400, while a 30-minute ride in the either the B-17 or B-24 was priced at $450.

The fighter cost a fair bit more. A 30-minute flight was $2,200, while an hour in the sky will run $3,200.

Reservations could be made by calling 978-562-9182.

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