For a few days this week, the sky above York County will be alive with military aircraft like those used to battle the Axis powers during World War II.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will make a three-day stop at the York Airport in Jackson Township starting Wednesday.

Included in the tour are a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named “Nine O Nine,” a Consolidated B-24 Liberator called “Witchcraft” and a P-51 Mustang fighter plane, said Hunter Chaney, the foundation’s director of marketing, in a news release.

The warplanes will be at the airport, located at 6054 Lincoln Highway West, through noon on Friday.

The nationwide tour gives the public a rare chance to “visit, explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history,” Chaney says in the release.

The B-17 is one of only 10 in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J and full dual control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world, according to the release.

The Collings Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to organizing living history events.

If you go: The tour will arrive at York Airport at 2 p.m. Wednesday and will be on display at the airport until noon Friday.

Hours for ground tours and display are 2 to 5 p.m.


Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Donations of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 are requested for access to the planes and tours through the inside of the aircraft. World War II veterans can tour the aircraft for free. Discounted rates for school groups are available.

Those seeking a bit of an adventure can take to the sky in one or all of the planes.

Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information about flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.

For more information about the tour, go to

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