World War II planes to visit Bluffs on May 28

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May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

B-17 “Liberty Bell”

Two World War Two aircraft will take to the skies over Council Bluffs this Memorial Day weekend. According to the non-profit Liberty Foundation, The Liberty Belle, a restored World War II B-17 “flying fortress” bomber and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk will take-off from the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th, as part of the Liberty Foundation’s “2011 Salute to Veterans” tour. 

Anyone interested will have an opportunity to take a ride in the restored warbirds. Cost for a flight in the B-17 is $390 for Liberty Foundation Members and $430 for non-members. Twenty-minute rides are available for $1,150 on the newly restored P-40. Longer flights are available upon request. Become a member for $40 and receive the member discount. The foundation relies solely on donations and contributions. Funds raised from the flights help to keep the aircraft flying.

Ground tours will be available after the flights. The event is open to the public. Those interested can call (918) 340-0243 to schedule a flight. For more information, go to the website at libertyfoundation.org.