Wings of Freedom

Nose Art B-17G

Nose Art B-17G

I had the privilege of visiting the 2014 Wings of Freedom Tour when it stopped by Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. The tour stopped here over the Memorial Day weekend with five vintage World War II aircraft. What a thrill to see these planes up close.

Three bombers were on display, including the B25J Mitchell, the B-17G Flying Fortress and the B-24J Liberator. It was interesting boarding these craft and getting through the tight squeezes when traversing from one end of the aircraft to the other. The skin of the planes seemed razor thin, and they had to be to conserve fuel. No protection from 20mm rounds from an enemy aircraft. You really get an appreciation for what these men went through.

B25J Mitchell

B25J Mitchell

B-17G Flying Fortress

B-17G Flying Fortress

Bombardier and Navigator Positions, B-17G

Bombardier and Navigator Positions, B-17G

Waist Gunner Position, B-17G

Waist Gunner Position, B-17G

B-24J Liberator

B-24J Liberator

View to the Cockpit, B24J Liberator

View to the Cockpit, B24J Liberator

Bomb Bay, B-24J Liberator

Bomb Bay, B-24J Liberator

There also was a P-51 Mustang on display, as well as an AT-6C Texan.

P-51C Mustang

P-51C Mustang

AT-6C Texan

AT-6C Texan

Several World War II veterans were on hand to answer any questions about the aircraft. They all had experience in flying or maintaining these craft. It was great to hear their stories.

WWII Vet on hand

WWII Vet on hand

All in all, it was a fascinating day, and a fitting tribute to the very brave men that served in these aircraft. Try and catch the tour if it comes to your area. If your shell out the big bucks, you can reserve a flight tour on a few of these planes. Check out the tour schedule at http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_schedule-wof.htm.

Check out the full complement of images from the day at my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.535830213193989.1073741912.246777948765885&type=3

Also, check out my website at http://www.jimwatkinsphoto.com

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