Waco: WWII era planes on display

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Planes from WWII are on display at the Waco Regional Airport.

The planes landed Monday and will be on display until Thursday.

Planes on display include the B-17, B-24 and P-51 and are part of the Collings Foundation’s wings of freedom tour is making a stop in Central Texas.

The aircraft played an important role in World War II and the people putting on the event hope it will do more than just show off the aircrafts.

“We are almost all volunteers and we are out here to kind of give a little appreciation and respect to the World War II veterans before we lose the last of them because they’re all in their 90s,” Jamie Mitchell, flight coordinator said.

“We really hope to inspire kids to go and research history and be a little bit more proud to be Americans again (and) maybe, get them interested in the military or get them interested in becoming pilot out here.

Visitors can explore the aircraft inside and out.

It will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Mitchell said the experience is not only emotional for the veterans but their families as well.

“Their kids or their grandkids will come out and they will say, ‘Grandpa hasn’t said anything for years,’ and we put them in the B-24, we let them sit in there all the position in the plane and suddenly it like he’s 18 again. He’s back to life and he can remember stuff now, he feels comfortable communicating and usually the kids are more emotional in the veterans are,” Mitchell said.

Those with a little more money to burn can take a 30-minute flight.

Trips on the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person and the B-25 Mitchell flights are $400.

Those interested in flight training can ride in the P-51 for $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.

The aircraft tour is part of a national swing that will bring the planes to more than 40 states in more than 100 cities.