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History takes flight

A restored World War II B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber and a P-51 Mustang, a fighter that often escorted the B-17s on missions over Germany, will soon take to the skies above Hillsboro with a series of public flights. The aircraft will be open to the public and available for flights and ground tours on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.

The vintage aircraft is visiting the area on behalf of the Liberty Foundation, which is sponsoring this year’s “Salute to Veterans” tour. On display will be the famous Boeing B-17 “Memphis Belle,” which this year celebrates the 71st anniversary of the historic bomber’s last mission, as well as a North American P-51 “Mustang” fighter.

The airplanes will be at the Portland Hillsboro Airport, 2050 N.E. 25th Ave., in Hillsboro.

“These aircraft flew from bases far from home in an attempt to bring freedom to oppressed people,” said the Liberty Foundation’s Scott Maher. “Our mission for today is to educate the people of America about the courageous World War II veterans, and remember those brave aircrew who never made it home. ‘Memphis Belle’ is a living museum, our heritage not in mothballs or the pages of a dusty book, but real life, three dimensions, here and now. You are invited to come touch the past and fly through ageless skies.”

B-17 flights are $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for non-members.

“We will have flights on May 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with flights every hour on the hour,” Maher said. “Ground tours of the aircraft will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and folks can spend as much time in and around the aircraft as they like.”

For more information, call 918-340-0243, or visit libertyfoundation.org.




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