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  • Mar 23, 2012
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STAFF REPORT

World War II-era aircraft, including a rare Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and other bombers and fighters, will be on display at the San Marcos Municipal Airport March 26 through March 28.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour says the B-17 is one of only 10 in flying condition in the United States and that its B-24J Liberator and P-51C Mustang are the only remaining, operable aircraft of their type in the world. The display also includes a Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War era.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. World War II veterans get in free. The tour also sells rides on the aircraft starting at $425 for a half-hour on a bomber to $3,200 for an hour on a P-51 Mustang.

The fleet will arrive at the airport at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26 and will be on display through noon Wednesday, March 28. For information, call 1-800-568-8924.

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2 thoughts on “World War II aircraft on display at San Marcos Muni

  1. This is cool. I should point out, though, that WWII-era planes are always available at the San Marcos airfield, because the Commemorative Air Force keeps an impressive collection of vintage aircraft in a large hangar here that serves as a kind of war plane museum. The collection includes a B25 bomber and two Japanese Zero replicas that were featured in the film “Tora! Tora! Tora!” It’s wonderful to see.

    We stumbled upon it by accident a few years ago, and after we spent an hour or so chatting with the friendly guys who maintained the planes, they asked if we’d help them wipe oil off the fuselage of the big bomber after it returned from a flight. We happily obliged, and as token of their thanks, they let us climb into the cockpit and gunner’s nest. I can tell you it helped to be short if you were a B25 crew member.

    You can fly in these birds for a fee, as well. They also keep a nice little museum with fascinating artifacts, like the fur-lined flight jacket and hat used by a Japanese pilot. (Must have been freezing in those planes.)

    I’ve mentioned this to many San Martians and a good percentage of them had never heard of this terrific collection.

    Admission is free, though a donation of $3 is welcome. http://www.centexwing.com

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