Rare WWII aircraft fly into Hattiesburg

Rare WWII aircraft fly into Hattiesburg

Three World War II aircraft flew into the Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport Wednesday as part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour.

The educational foundation was founded in 1979 with the goal of bringing "living history" to various locations across the country. Over 100 cities have the unique opportunity to view these rare aircraft each year. The events allow the public to learn more about the WWII aircraft and the role they played in the war effort.

"The Collings Foundation does an outstanding job," said Mike Cochran, a Vietnam veteran. "It's like a flying museum."

The B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and P-51 Mustang flew into Hattiesburg Wednesday and will be available for tours through Friday. Flying experiences are offered as well. More information can be found here.

The chance to see the B-24 Liberator is a rare one.

"18,000 of these were built and this is the only one of its type left in the world flying today," said Ryan Keough, flight and tour coordinator with the Collings Foundation.

That's why keeping its legacy, and the legacy of those that flew it, alive is so important.