The P-51 Mustang, B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress: these were aircraft that helped to drive the Axis powers back from the brink of world domination in the early 1940s. On Friday, July 26, a carefully restored example of each will fly into Chicago Executive Airport and stay through Sunday, July 28. The planes will arrive to offer visitors to the airport an opportunity to touch history, to witness, up close and personal, three of the most famous aircraft in history.
Who: Chicago Executive Airport and the Collings Foundation, “a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing ‘living history’ events.”
What: The Wings of Freedom Tour with three WWII vintage aircraft, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator and a North American P-51 Mustang, is flying into Chicago Executive Airport for a living history opportunity that is open to the public.
Where: Chicago Executive Airport, west of Milwaukee Avenue and north of Palatine Road (entrance for the event is off of Milwaukee Avenue).
When: 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, July 26; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.
Why: The goal of THE WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is twofold: to pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed so much in the defense of freedom during WWII, and to educate Americans, especially younger Americans, about the price the “Greatest Generation” paid then for the freedoms we enjoy today