Millville Executive Airport to Host Wings of Freedom Tour

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The Millville Executive Airport will host a squadron of rare World War II aircraft as the Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) honors World War II Veterans.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will visit the airport on Wednesday, August 30th, through Friday, September 1st. The event will honor the aviation history of the Millville Army Air Field, which was dedicated by the United States War Department in 1941 as "America's First Defense Airport."

The MAAFM will hold a special ceremony, on Thursday, August 31st, at 10:30 a.m. where air and ground crews will talk about their experiences during the war.

All WWII veterans will be honored as a well.

“The Millville Army Air Field Museum is a true living history museum,” said Bob Trivellini, vice president of the MAAFM Board of Directors. “Last year, when these amazing aircraft visited, we welcomed a group of 14 Army Air Corps ground and flight crew members, all in the nineties, who shared fascinating stories about their experiences during the war. This year, we hope that all area WWII veterans who are able will come out to see these vintage warbirds and stop by the museum for a visit.”

A room full of WWII veterans in the Millville Army Air Field Museum at Millville Airport, enjoyed great camaraderie, media interviews, and lunch on September 1, 2016, after viewing the Collings Foundation WWII warbirds. (Photo courtesy of  MAAFM.)

Some of the aircraft expected is the "Nine O Nine," a restored B-17 Flying Fortress renamed after a World War II bomber that completed a record 140 combat missions and never lost a crewman.

There will also be a B-24J Liberator bomber, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, and a P-51 Mustang.

There is no charge to visit the Millville Army Air Field Museum and observe the ceremony. Walk-through tours of the aircraft are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. The Collings Foundation is waiving the fee for all World War II veterans.

All proceeds benefit the Collings Foundation mission to organize and support “living history” events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. 

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