Three World War II-era military planes are flying into Lexington on Friday, and the public will have a chance to view or take a ride on them.
A B-17G Flying Fortress and a B-24J Liberator — both strategic bombers — and a full dual-control P-51C Mustang fighter plane are scheduled to arrive at Blue Grass Airport at 2 p.m. They will be available for tours from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to noon Monday. Flights are usually scheduled before and after the ground tours.
The planes' visit is part of the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour. The foundation, based in Massachusetts, is a non-profit educational foundation that was formed in 1979.
"Witchcraft" and "Betty Jane," the B-24J and the P-51C, respectively, are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world, according to the foundation. The B-17G, named "Nine-O-Nine," is one of only 10 such planes in flying condition in the United States.
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The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, based at the airport, is hosting the tour. Visitors will be charged admission fees to the museum and for tours of the planes. Museum admission is $7 for adults, $5 for adults older than 60, and $4 for children and students 6 and older. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free.
Tickets to explore the aircraft are $12 for ages 12 and older and $6 for children younger than 12. WWII veterans may tour the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates are available for school groups. A 30-minute flight aboard the B-17 or the B-24 is $425. A flight on the P-51 is $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for an hour. For reservations, call 1-800-568-8924.
For information, go to Collingsfoundation.org or Aviationky.org, or call the museum at (859) 231-1219.