Wings of Freedom Tour comes to Tyler this weekend

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Today marks the start of the Wings of Freedom Tour. It's a chance for families to tour and even ride planes used in World War II.

Traveling to over 30 states, the tour offers American's a chance to learn about the planes used to defend our country.

"It's kinda like connecting our next generation to the greatest generation," Wings of Freedom Tour coordinator Jamie Mitchell said.

This weekend, residents can view a B-17, P-51 Mustang, B-24 Liberator, and a Huey helicopter.

"You can go to a museum and there's going to be a static one that's sitting in a boneyard that hasn't flown for years," Mitchell said. "But here, you get to see real live history, like these ones are really flying."

The B-24 Liberator was actually used in the South Pacific during World War II and the Huey helicopter was used in the Vietnam War.

"There's so much more here than flying on a cool plane," Mitchell said. "There's so much more here for everybody whether you are four or 84, there's so much more."

For over 30 years, the Collings Foundation has given American's a chance to learn a key part of their history.

"They don't realize that if we don't really appreciate these planes and what they really did," Mitchell said. "The cliché is you're doomed to repeat it."

That's why Mitchell urges parents to bring their children to learn about their history and recognize the significance it has on our daily lives.

"Ideally what I want to do out here is get kids out here and get them to see this is not a video game, this is not a movie," Mitchell said. "This is real life and somebody just a little bit older than them made sacrifices to give them the freedom they have today."

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum.

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