The Wings of Freedom tour, a showcase of vintage airplanes, is coming to Ada Regional Airport this week.

The tour will fly into the airport at 2 p.m. Wednesday and will be on display until the planes depart after noon operations Friday. Hours for the ground tour and display are from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon Friday.

The event will feature a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-25 Liberator, a North American B-25 Mitchell and a P-51 Mustang. Visitors are invited to explore the plans inside and out.

Walk-through tours are available for $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12, with discounted rates for school groups.

Visitors may also experience a rare opportunity to take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare planes. Flights on either the B-17 or the B-24 are $450 per person, and B-25 flights are $400.

P-51 flight training is $2,400 for a half hour and $3,400 for a full hour.

For reservations and more information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.

The tour is sponsored by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit organization that puts together “living history” events that allow people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.