Vintage World War II aircraft in Mountain View

Vintage World War II Aircraft in Mountain View

A collection of rare World War II aircraft have touched down at Moffett Federal Airfield and they'll be available for the public to admire, hop inside or even take up for a ride.

The planes touched down around 1:45 p.m. May 15. The vintage airplanes are being displayed by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to teaching history.

Now in its 26th year, the group's "Wings of Freedom Tour" showcases World War II-era planes as part of a roving tour that travels to about 110 cities across the country each year. This year, the tour will display a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber – one of only eight left in the world still in flying condition.

Other highlights include a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber and a P-51C Mustang, the only models of their type still flying, according to the event organizers. Visitors are welcome to explore the aircraft on display inside and out.

Admission costs $12 for adults, $6 for children. World War II veterans can peruse the planes free of charge.

Many of the rare airplanes are available for flights, but not for free. For example, a ride in the B-17 or B-24 costs $450 per person. Prices for other plane rides vary. The Wings of Freedom Tour will begin from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Moffett Field. Following that, the event will be open to the public every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 23.

Those interested can get more information about the event at