Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport

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Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport
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By Larry D.

Reflect back on the mortal danger faced by brave US Airman who defended the world from the Nazi scourge on daily bombing raids over Berlin.  Climbing through the cramped passages of the Boeing Super Fortress and experiencing the views from the bombardier's station and the many machine gun locations evokes the stark prospect of mortality our heroes had to overcome during their missions.  Don't miss this opportunity.

View my photographs taken April 19, 2019 here.

The information below is from the Collings Foundation web site:

Experience the Wings of Freedom Tour
Come out and experience World War II history on the ground and in the air with the Wings of Freedom Tour! See our original WWII warbirds up-close and personal with walk through tours of authentically restored interiors of the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator and see the B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, and P-40 Warhawk on the ramp as well.

For an even more exciting visit, take flight aboard one of our aircraft for an incredible flight experience or flight training! Learn more about each flight and book online at the links below!

Ground and Walk Through Tours
Explore the insides of the B-17 & B-24 and see the other aircraft on the ramp. Tours are self-guided. Reservations are not needed for walk through tours.

Take a Flight!
Exciting flight experiences on the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and B-25 Mitchell are available at this tour location. Flight training (no experience necessary) on the P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk is also available to actually take the controls and fly the famous fighters of WWII with an experienced instructor for either 30 minutes or 60 minutes!

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bigone Apr 23, 2019 08:47 AM
Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport

It was a moving experience to see the B-25 Mitchell, a plane that my father flew in WWII. I remember him saying it was an easy plane to fly and his favorite of the bombers that he gave flight instruction on. Touring and walking through these planes really gives one a sense of what these men went through and the conditions they endured. Thanks to the Collings Foundation for bringing these pieces of American History to Santa Barbara

John Wiley Apr 21, 2019 11:38 PM
Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport

True the B-17 was called the Flying Fortress, but to avoid any confusion there was a B-17 and not a B-29 among the planes there. We heard and then saw the B-25 about 4:30 downtown, and earlier possibly a Vultee BT-13 Valiant over [email protected] flying the approach to SBA runway 15L - did one show up, or was it some other low-wing WWII era radial? Would be great to buy a lesson in the P-51 or P-40. I had a neighbor who flew combat in the P-40, and that took a lot of courage and skill in dogfights against newer designs. Quite a generation. Thanks CAF.

tagdes Apr 22, 2019 09:24 AM
Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport

Are you referring to the Commemorative Air Force? This is Wings of Freedom which is brought here and owned by the Collings Foundation. Has nothing to do with the CAF.

LDighera Apr 22, 2019 07:27 AM
Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport

Mr. Wiley,

You are correct; there was no B-29 Super Fortress among the iconic aircraft on display at the Santa Barbara Airport over the week end. See: .

I couldn't agree more about the courage of the P-40 pilots, especially the all volunteer AVG Flying Tigers who succeeded in blocking Japanese supply transport to their armies in China before the US formally declared war on Japan and Germany.

John Wiley Apr 21, 2019 11:48 PM
Wings of Freedom Tour at the Santa Barbara Airport

Only saw the ~4:10pm "BT-13" from below and then after it passed by, and also wondered if it could be a Nanchang CJ-6 since it seemed to have a slight gull wing but was relatively slow like a trainer. Anyone else see it?

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