BOCA RATON, FL – February 4, 2016 – The Boca Raton Airport was transported back in time recently as several World War II aircraft and veterans were on site during the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour January 29-31.
The multi-day event showcased the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter and a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” heavy bomber, which is one of only eight still in flying condition in the United States.
Some of the first visitors to the event were Palm Beach and Broward County school students during a special event hosted by the Boca Raton Airport Authority on Friday, January 29th.
Veterans at the event included Tuskegee Airman and Red Tail pilot Leo Gray, as well as Irwin Stavroff, Irving Appel, John Bury, Sid Katz, Don Rothfield, Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Bill Schwartz, Robert Wallace and Major General John Van Blois.
Students toured the rare collection of WWII-era bombers and fighter aircrafts, while meeting and thanking the veterans that flew missions in them. Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth presented a Proclamation by the City of Boca Raton on behalf of Mayor Susan Haynie naming January 29th as Wings of Freedom Day.
The Boca Raton Airport and Signature Flight Support hosted the event, extending their outreach as a vital partner to the local community. The event engaged the community, inspiring and educating students about the role of aviation in World War II.
The Airport is looking forward to the return of the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour in 2017.
For more information, contact Audra Vaz, Business and Public Affairs Manager, at (561) 391-2202, ext. 205.
About the Boca Raton Airport and the Airport Authority:
The Boca Raton Airport is a general aviation transport facility, publicly owned by the State of Florida. The Airport serves the corporate, recreational and flight training needs of the community, averaging over 50,000 operations annually. The Airport is governed by the Boca Raton Airport Authority; a seven-member board.
About the Collings Foundation and The Wings of Freedom Tour:
The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide Wings Of Freedom Tour is celebrating its 27th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-25, B-24 & P-51 display at locations everywhere. The Wings Of Freedom tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.