PASCO, Wash.-- The national Wings of Freedom tour honoring WWII veterans is making a stop in Pasco.
The chance to tour these historic planes and for some, to actually fly in them, is drawing many people out to the Tri-Cities Airport. The event landed in Pasco this afternoon and includes a tour inside the bombers. To go up in the air for a half hour flight it costs $425 per person in a B-17 or B-24 and $2,200 in a P-51.
In their prime, these planes were famous for being able to sustain damage and still finish a mission. Many of the planes were scrapped for their aluminum after the war, leaving only a few behind.
Aaron Malone works for the tour and says they have some of the rarest planes still around.
"There's only six remaining B-17 bombers that are flying. We have the only B-24 that's flying left in the world so to be able to experience what the guys did back then is really unique," says Malone.
This is the 23rd year of the tour that visits 110 cities in over 35 states annually. The tour is put on by the Collings Foundation that organizes "living history" events for educational participation.
Tickets for the plane tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children. The event continues through Wednesday at noon at the Bergstrom Aircraft hanger at the Tri-Cities Airport.