What a week of history for us! Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th, we visited Brackett Field Airport in La Verne and on Friday, May 11th, we visited Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne International Airport in Santa Ana to see the “2018 Wings of Freedom Tour” that is put on by the Collings Foundation.
The tour is a collection of 4 to 5 superbly maintained WWII fighter and bomber aircraft. We were able to walk around and explore the interiors of a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell, a P-51 Mustang and an A-1E Skyraider (a 1955 vintage fighter). And on Friday we FLEW in the B-24 Liberator, which is the only one in the world still flying! We also toured the Lyon Air Museum, which has a fine collection of air worthy vintage WWII aircraft, historic motorcycles and cars. There are even a few WWII veterans that hang out at the museum who are more than happy to tell their stories.
The Collings Foundation flies the planes to Airports around the US for public viewing and we highly recommend that you see them if they are scheduled for an airport near you. 2018 Wings of Victory Tour Schedule
Fair warning: there’s a more video in this post than usual because the videos convey our experience better than still pictures.