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A rare site at the La Crosse Airport

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)- Visitors to the La Crosse Regional Airport have the chance for the next few days to see three of the most famous aircraft from World War II up close.

A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and a P-51 Mustang belonging to the Collings Foundation are in La Crosse from July 14-16 as part of the organizations annual Wings of Freedom Tour across the country.

Versions of all three aircraft played a major role in combat during the war all theaters of operations. The B-17 and B-24 were two of the most successful heavy bombers while the P-51 was the premier fighter for the allies.   

Organizers said that the B-17G known as the Nine-O-Nine is one of only eight remaining in flying condition in the United States, while the B-24J (named Witchcraft) and P-51C ("Betty Jane") are the sole examples of their type in flyable condition in the world.

Visitors can tour inside and around the aircraft from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday or 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday.  The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. For those willing to spend a few more dollars, there are flights available on all three aircraft. 
Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. A flight in the P-51C are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.  The 30 minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above. 

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

More information on the history of all three aircraft is available with the pictures in the slideshow above.

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