WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Pieces of World War II history will take over the Purdue University Airport this week.
Each year, The Wings of Freedom Tour makes its way through 100 cities across the country. The next stop of the tour is in West Lafayette starting Wednesday. There will be four World War II bombers and a P-51 Mustang fighter craft.
Wednesday through Friday, visitors can explore the ins and outs of the aircraft. The Collings Foundation sponsors the event to engage people of all ages in this part of history through direct participation. The hope is that after this opportunity people will want to learn more on their own.
"You can go to a museum and sometimes see these just stationary, but to have that rare opportunity to see them actually in action is really incredible," said Experimental Aircraft Association President David Berkey. "These things were made and manufactured back in the 40's, not to be around here at this time in our life at all."
There will also be 30-minute flight experiences you can take advantage of. Prices for this opportunity range from $400 to $3,200. You do need to register for a flight beforehand.
"Experience the same kind of thing that the folks back in World War II experienced, hopefully not under war-like conditions," said Berkey. "See what that type of thing was like back at that time."
Another interesting experience is watching the bombers and the fighter craft fly into the airport. If you would like to see them land, the aircraft are expected to arrive between 1:30 and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under age 12.