Wings of Freedom tour makes a stop at the Dothan Regional Airport

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Wiregrass area residents have the opportunity of a lifetime.
To explore and ride in real-life World War II aircraft.
All thanks to the Wings of Freedom tour who made a stop at the Dothan Regional airport.

3 World War II aircraft landed at the Dothan airport Tuesday.
The B-17, B-24, and P-51.
The unique display is put on by the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom tour.
Jamie Mitchell, Coordinator for Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom tour says:
"We basically tour the entire country, about 40 states and 120 cities...we've been doing this for almost 30 years now- almost all volunteers and it's just a museum pretty much."

People of all ages came out to take part.
Most of which had ties to World War II.
Scott Gilchrist, Attendee says:
"My father served in WWII in the army...fighting in the Pacific, he was in infantry and my wife's father served in the navy and he was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed."
Mike Bignoli, attendee says:
"When you feel the reality of putting your hand on one of these big planes... It's a whole different feeling and for my dad who served as a radio navigator I'm going to take a seat today and actually see what he saw when he was flying."

Attendees had the opportunity to do a walk through tour and even go for a flight.
"It’s $450 for one of the bombers and then the mustang starts at $2200 but that's flight training."

The foundation hopes the younger generation will leave with an appreciation to those who are no longer with us.
Mitchell says:
"So we don't want to see this all disappear with them, we want the legacy to live on and as you can tell we've got a lot of kids here today and that's the real reason for doing this."
And most any kid you talked said they learned something new.
Maurice Eoder, 9th grade attendee says:
"It was nice, like when they were first flying in, i didn't expect the planes to be that big and i just like the vibe you know because it gave me a feel of what it was like back then."
"And getting in that plane...that was exciting."
Liliana, 5-year old attendee says:
"It was scary and cool inside."
"I saw some guns in there; I saw some bombs and everything."

The Wings of Freedom tour will depart from Dothan Wednesday afternoon.
The last time the wings of freedom tour came to Dothan was in 2008.
The planes cost between 4,000 and 5,000 dollars to keep flying.
Admission money makes it possible to keep these tours going.

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