This weekend McClellan Field will host Wings of Freedom, a national tour of vintage World War II aircraft. The event features a B-17, B-24, P-51 and a special unannounced appearance by a German Messerschmit. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the fighters and bombers on the ground. Rides on the bombers are also available by reservation.
One special guest taking a ride on one of the bombers is Land Park resident John Kanelos, 88, who served as a B-24 radio operator during the war. Kanelos was recently profiled in a Valley Community Newspapers article by Lance Armstrong.
What: 2012 Wings of Freedom Tour
Where: McClellan Airfield near Coast Guard Hangar, Sacramento (map)
When: June 1-4. Walk-thru tour times (no reservations required): Friday 2-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9-5 p.m.; Sunday 9-12 p.m. Flight Experiences take place before and after tours.
Cost: Aircraft tours: $12 for adults; $6 for children 12 and under; free for WWII vets. B-17/B-24 rides: $425 per person. Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations.
For more info: website
PHOTO CREDIT: B-17, B-24 and P-51 in formation. Courtesy The Collings Foundation