Wings of Freedom

For nostalgic, WWII vintage aircraft fans, the Tacoma Narrows Airport will be having its 2nd Annual Wings and Wheels Event on Sunday, July 1st. One of the big stars of the show will be a B-17 “Flying Fortress” that one can take a flight ride on. (Check the airport’s website for more info on this and flight prices.) The WWII style warbird comes from Phoenix, Arizona, where it is part of the Commemorative Air Force.

Although I don’t have plans on going, I have been to the airport before when it had a “Flying Fortress” on display and they were offering flight rides as well. These magnificent, air machines are always a real treat to see and to be able to snap a few photos of. Here are a few that I took some years ago. I was also very fortunate to witness it take off and land!

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5 Responses to Wings of Freedom

  1. These birds still look beautiful and graceful, don’t they! I mean, with all the latest advances in flight aerodynamics and design, these planes conceived about 60 years ago still seem more appealing. Then to remember that these were essentially killing machines used in a bloody war…. this contrast has always struck me whenever I’ve read about the WWII air battles or have built models of these planes.

    Again, thanks for sharing the pictures here. I would’ve loved to be a part of this exhibition, but such things are not always possible, logistically speaking. This is a testament to the concept of blogging, where the experience of one person can be shared by another to a certain extent :).

    • Thank you for your comments. So glad you enjoyed the warbird photos. There are many, many people that are drawn to these marvelous machines. And yes, it does seem ironic that there is so much love for these “warbirds” since they were “killing machines” at one time. But, perhaps this love is more of a proudness than anything else, knowing that these aircraft were and still are a symbol of our national patriotism. Yes, there is a bit of mystique about it all.

  2. Those are planes with real character to them. Beautiful aircraft. You just don’t see that in the current generation aircraft, civilian or military.

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