Rides available and Yates County Chamber of Commerce sponsors fund raising to pay for WWII?veterans flights on the aircraft.

In honor of America’s veterans, The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang comes to Penn Yan at the Yates County Airport on display at Seneca Flight Operations from Monday, Aug. 13 through Wednesday, Aug. 15.

All three are restored to exacting 1944 condition, they fly to over 120 cites nationwide for display and to offer flights for people interested in reliving history through a hands-on experience.

During the display, visitors will be able to tour the aircraft for a small donation and see what it was like as a crewman aboard during World War II.

All positions aboard the aircraft are accurately restored with the original instruments, gun positions, and equipment. The Collings Foundation encourages veterans and families to visit and recount their experiences during World War II to assembled visitors.

Visitors also may take the opportunity to fly an actual mission aboard the B-17 or B-24  for the ultimate in hands-on learning. Flights in the B-17 and B-24 are 30 minutes in duration and are a tax-deductible donation of $425 per person.

Interested visitors should call 978-562-9182 for reservations. Reservations are recommended.
The Yates Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fund raising campaign to provide free rides to WWII veterans in our community.

To contribute to this fund, make your tax deductible contribution payable to Collings Foundation. The last time the planes visited, 15 veterans were able to ride at no charge.

For details contact Seneca Flight Operations at 315-536-4471 or the Chamber at 315-536-3111.

Visit the Collings Foundation website here.