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May 14, 2003

Jonas Diño
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-5612 or 650/604-9000
E-mail: jonas.dino@nasa.gov




Kory Stendell
Collings Foundation
Phone: 408/807-0950 or 408/378-1444
E-mail: yellowc5@yahoo.com


RELEASE: 03-36AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS
: Media representatives are invited to tour two fully restored World War II heavy bombers, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator, on May 15, 2003, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The aircraft will be on display Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. PDT and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT May 16-19. To arrange for a short flight aboard the aircraft, call Kory Stendell at 408/807-0950 or 404/378-1440. Photo ID is required to gain access to Moffett Field.

VINTAGE WORLD WAR II BOMBERS TO BE DISPLAYED AT MOFFETT FIELD


Two fully restored World War II vintage bombers, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator, will be on display May 15 to May 19 at Moffett Field to commemorate World War II and the one-hundredth year of powered flight. Tours and 30-minute flights aboard the vintage bombers will be available to the public.

The exhibition is part of the 'Wings of Freedom' tour organized and sponsored by the non-profit Collings Foundation. Founded in 1979, the organization presents 'living history' events nationwide to teach Americans about the legacy of World War II. The vintage bombers will be on display at Moffett Field, Calif., on Thursday, May 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT and May 16 through May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT.

"The 'Wings of Freedom' tour is in honor of the men and women who fought and died defending the principles of this country," explained Kory Stendell of the Collings Foundation. "World War II was a significant period in this country's history and the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator both played major roles in winning the war. Participating in the nationwide 'living history' events with these historic bombers is an honor."

The foundation requests a donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children to tour the aircraft. Thirty-minute flights in either aircraft are available for a tax-deductible donation of $400. Donations from tours and flights are used to maintain the Collings Foundation's vintage aircraft. 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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