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History takes flight

March 30, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 29, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.


Schedule of events

Friday

Noon - Gates open

Noon to 5 p.m. - Aircraft display, vendors

2 to 3 p.m. - Bombers fly-in. Flying in on the bombers will be WWII heroes Bill Buchanan and Capt. A. J. High, as well as Marine Cpl. Sabastian Vasquez of Tivoli, wounded in Iraq.

2 to 5 p.m. - Aircraft display and tours

5 p.m. to sunset - Flights

Sunrise to 9 a.m. - Flights

9 a.m. - Gates open

9 to 11 a.m. - Victoria chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association offers free flights to Young Eagles (18 and younger). Email membership@eaa340.org for advance reservations.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Aircraft display and tours, vendors

9 a.m. to noon - WWII Heroes: Glenn McDuffie (Kissing Sailor), Bill Buchanan and Capt. A. J. High signing autographs in gazebo

2 p.m. - FM-2 Wildcat Demonstration (simulated bomb runs and fly-bys)

3 p.m. - Drawing for free ride on choice of B-17 or B-24 and two round trip tickets to Houston on Colgan Air (Entry information available at the gazebo).

5 p.m. to sunset- Flights

Sunday

Sunrise to 9 a.m. - Flights

9 a.m. - Gates open

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Aircraft display and tours, vendors

5 p.m. to sunset - Flights

Monday

Sunrise to 9 a.m. - Flights

9 a.m. - Gates open

9-noon - Aircraft display and tours

Noon until all completed - Flights

The 4th Wings of Freedom Living History Tour is a community service project of the Guadalupe Victoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Co-sponsors are Atzenhoffer Chevrolet-Cadillac, Seadrift Coke L.P., the Victoria Advocate, Victoria County, Victoria Regional Airport and the Victoria Television Group.

History comes to life starting Friday as the Wings of Freedom Tour roars into the Victoria Regional Airport.

One of the highlights is the B-17 Flying Fortress, made famous by its bombing runs during World War II. The plane now serves on the living history tour to more than 130 cities annually.

The bomber gives WWII veterans a backdrop to talk about their experiences and brings their stories alive and educates a generation that may have never heard of their sacrifices.

The community service event is hosted by the Guadalupe Victoria Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

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