‘Wings’ return to Paso


Second chance for rides coming up

PASO ROBLES — The Wings of Freedom Tour, a traveling collection of WWII vintage aircraft operated by the educational nonprofit Collings Foundation, visited the Paso Robles Airport May 14 through May 16. With tours on the ground and rides available on their Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang, the “barn-storming” collection of a few permanent staff members are joined by lots of local volunteers for their stops. This was their second in Paso Robles. Whether or not they’ll return next year rests largely on how well attended this season is, said flight coordinator Jamie Mitchell, who’s been “on the road” with the collection for 30 months out of the last three years. Their touring schedule, with 120 cities annually, sees them next working up the coast to Monterey then on to Sacramento and Spokane, Wash. in June before turning inland. SLO County locals will get another chance to ride in a B-25 though, on Memorial Day weekend during the Best Of The West Antique Tractor Show at Santa Margarita Ranch on a B-25 owned by the American Aeronautical Foundation.

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