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May 28, 2002

Michael Mewhinney                                                                                       

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                                       

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000                                                         

mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov


Kory Stendell

Collings Foundation

Phone: 408/807-0950 or 408/378-1444

yellowc5@yahoo.com


RELEASE: 02-66AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Media representatives are invited to see a display of two fully restored World War II heavy bombers, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator, on Friday, May 31, 2002, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.  The aircraft will be on display from 3:00 p.m. PDT until 6:30 p.m. PDT on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 1-2 and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on June 3. To arrange for a flight aboard the aircraft, call Kory Stendell at 408/807-0950 or 404/378-1440.  News media need only show a photo ID to gain access to Moffett Field.

B-17, B-24 TO THUNDER OVER MOFFETT FIELD THIS WEEKEND

Two fully restored World War II vintage bombers, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator, will be on display and available for rides this weekend at Moffett Field. 

Sponsored by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Mass., a non-profit educational organization founded in 1979 to organize and support “living history” events designed to teach Americans about their heritage, the nationwide “Wings of Freedom Tour” will be at Moffett Field May 31 through June 3.  The aircraft will be on display on Friday, May 31 from 3:00 p.m. PDT to 6:30 p.m. PDT, and from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 1–2.   The aircraft will also be on display on Monday, June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT.

“The Collings Foundation’s B-24J Liberator bomber and the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress are flying museums and are authentic ‘War Birds’,” explained Kory Stendell, a foundation spokesperson.  “Their tour has special significance this year as we remember and celebrate the national spirit that made our nation the greatest in the world.”

The foundation requests a donation of $7 for adults and $3 for children to tour the aircraft.  Thirty-minute flights in either aircraft are available for a tax-deductible donation of $350.  To reserve a flight, call 978/562-9182. For further information, visit the foundation’s Web site at:

http://collingsfoundation.org

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