Hot Wings: Dallas Museum Offers Flights in WWII Aircraft

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DALLAS - "They're graceful, they're powerful, they're fast..." and they're in Dallas!

The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field is currently hosting the Wings of Freedom Tour.

"We bring the B-17 Flying Fortress that we have behind us, the B-24 Liberator and the P-51 Mustang to over 33 states over 300 days a year." Ryan Keough, the flight coordinator for the Collings Foundation, said.

"We bring these aircraft in to offer folks the opportunity to go through the aircraft, and actually tour through the aircraft as they were restored back to their original condition."

It's not just the planes that have a history.  Retired Lt. Colonel Basil Hackleman flew 30 combat missions as a pilot, most of them over Germany, during World War Two.

Fourteen of them were in a B-17 just like the one on display.

"We had considerable battle damage at times," Lt. Colonel Hackleman recalled. "We'd lose an engine now and then, but we always got home. It was a very reliable old airplane."

Lt. Colonel Hackleman shared some history with guests young and old, including Sue Snider's fifth-grade class from Mesquite.

The planes were grounded in the fog for most of the day but will take to the skies this weekend before moving on to the next city in the tour on Monday.

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