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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007 6:28 am | Updated: 6:25 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Three World War II vintage bombers are landing in Scottsdale on Friday for a weekend of instructive tours and exciting flying.

The visiting Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American B-25 Mitchell are part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, now in its 18th year.

After the planes arrive at 3 p.m., they will be on display at Scottsdale Airport’s Aviation Terminal. Hours of ground tours and display are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For access to close-up viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft, donations of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 are requested.

Visitors also may take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 cost $425 per person; flights on the B-25 are $400 for the front fuselage and $325 for the waist gun section of the plane. Charges are tax deductible.

These flights are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times.

For reservations and information on flights, call (800) 568-8924.

The B-17, named “Nine O Nine,” is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States, while the B-24 “Witchcraft” is the world’s last remaining model of its kind still flying.

Sponsoring the visit is the nonprofit Collings Foundation. For more information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org.

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