Vintage WWII aircraft on display in Gulfport

Vintage WWII aircraft on display in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - World War II aircraft are on display at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. It's called the Wings of Freedom Tour and features five vintage fighters and bombers.

"We have two P-51 fighters, we have a B-17 flying fortress, we have a B-24 liberator and a B-25-Mitchell," said Phil Webb, a volunteer with the tour.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children, which allows you to inspect the aircraft up-close.  For $400, you can get a flight in one of the bombers.

SLIDESHOW: See more photos of the WWII aircraft on display in the Wings of Freedom exhibit

"It's one thing to see the planes in a museum. And that's great. But when you can actually see them and touch them and walk through them and then go up in the air with them, it's the difference between a stuffed animal and real life animals out in the wild," said Mike Bates from Pensacola, who flew in on one of the Mustangs.

Dawn Atkins enjoyed sitting in the cockpit of a P-51 Mustang. He son is one of the pilots on the Wings of Freedom Tour.

"They're beautiful. And it's great that everybody gets to come out and have a look at them. Reminds everybody what we owe, to so few people," she shared.

"This is just a part of that history. And how fortunate we are that Collings and these guys are keeping this going.  And when you see one of the few remaining veterans of that war, it will bring a tear to your eye," said Cliff Atkins Sr.

It is definitely a family friendly event. You can bring the kids or grandkids and get up close with these beautiful, vintage aircraft.

Steve Pitre and his grandson, Nathan, enjoyed the planes.

"Really awesome looking. I enjoy everything about World War II, and the planes especially," said Nathan Shelton, a student at Bayou View Middle School.

"You can imagine what it was like back with these young guys that were in World War II, flying the missions," said Steve Pitre.

The Wings of Freedom exhibit is open Tuesday from 9am until 4:30pm and on Wednesday from 9am until noon. It's located at the Million Air facility at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

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