World War II Airplanes Fly to Museum for Week of Tours and Rides

World’s only flyable B-29 arrives Monday, June 16; B-17, B-24 and P-51 arrive Friday, June 20

SEATTLE – A week of World War II aircraft fly-ins to the Museum begins Monday, June 16 with the arrival of the world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress for three days of ground tours. On Friday, June 20, a B-17 and a B-24 bomber, plus a P-51 fighter, land for a weekend of ground tours and rides.

Photo of the Collings Foundation B-24, B-17 and TP-51C. Collings Foundation photo.

Photo of the Collings Foundation B-24, B-17 and TP-51C. Collings Foundation photo.

B-29 Ground Tours- June 16-18
Owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force, the B-29 “Fifi.” will arrive at the Museum at noon on Monday, June 16, and be open for ground tours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tours June 17-18 will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $10 adults, $5/ages 11-18, and free for children 10 and under. The public is encouraged to come to the Museum before noon on June 16 for free viewing of the bomber’s fly-in arrival. For more information see the Commemorative Air Force online.

B-17, B-24 Bombers, P-51 Fighter Rides and Tours – June 20-22
Ground tours and flights will be available in B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers and the world’s only dual-control P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft June 20-22. The planes are on the national “Wings of Freedom Tour” sponsored by the non-profit Collings Foundation. The two-seat TP-51C is the only Mustang with flight controls for the passenger. The Collings Boeing B-17 is one of only about a dozen still flying, and only one other B-24 is flyable. Ground tours are free for World War II veterans.

Tours and rides are available Friday, June 20, from 2 to 5 p.m., and June 21-22 weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flights are available on each airplane. For information on flight reservations and costs, call 978-562-9182 or visit the Collings Foundation online.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, $16 for active military, $11 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit