Today my grandson and I ventured across the Narrows Bridge to the Narrows Airport. The reason; the "Wings of Freedom Tour 2008." There were supposed to be four planes but after 4 hours of waiting only three of the planes had arrived. It was exciting to see these vintage planes circling the field as they came in for a landing.
The first place to arrive was a B-17 Flying Fortress, the second plane was a B-25 Mitchell and finally a snappy little P-51 Mustang buzzed the field and landed. They were also expecting a B-24 Liberator but it didn't come while we were there. We hung around until 6pm and it was getting to be dinner time....so we reluctantly left for home.
Among the crowd was a Tuskegee Airman and his wife. And another Tuskegee Airman flew in on the P-51. There was also a local multi-tribe Native American Honor Guard. They did a 21 gun salute and a blessing of the planes. It was a very touching ceremony. These dear veterans travel around the area and provide Honor Guard services at funerals for local veterans. All of them had served either in the Korean War and/or Vietnam and all had been officers. There was also one lady, Peggy, who had been a combat nurse in Viet Nam.
Some of the pictures I've included are not that great. It was very overcast and gloomy for most of the day. Then the sun came out with a vengeance and I actually got sunburned. I think if you look at them in the "large" format they may show up better.
The "Wings of Freedom Tour 2008" may be coming to an airport near you. Check their web site for fly-in information; http://www.cfdn.org/cf_schedule-wof.htm .
I'm so glad my grandson had a desire to see these planes today...because otherwise I never would have taken the time to go see them. It was such a wonderful experience.
I'm including a short video in the next entry....