The Wings of Freedom Tour has landed in Hazle Township, Luzerne county. The air show features vintage World War II aircraft and is designed to help tell the story of the Greatest Generation. Our Eyewitness News crew flew inside the B17 Flying Fortress as it traveled from Duchess County, NY to the Hazleton Airport. The aircraft was key in defeating Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers in World War II. “I think it’s important to understand the history of the ingenuity that went into designing this machinery. This great beast that helped protect the boys and win the war,” says Dave Estep of Mountain Top.
The B17 will joins the B24 Liberator and the P51 Mustang Fighter at the Hazleton Airport. We got a chance to see the P51 up close as we flew from New York State to Hazleton.
The Wings of Freedom Tour attracts people from all over the state. Peggy Hoy’s father was part of the flight crew for the B17 in WWII, she says, “I probably couldn’t have come to this two years ago after he died. I’m sorry, I’m getting emotional. I had to come up here it’s part of our family history of our country. He used to tell us stories and stuff and it just makes me feel good to come.”
The Wings of Freedom tour is also seen as a boost to the Hazleton Airport. “Well, it’s here on display for the community to enjoy not only the aircraft and to see the many improvements that have been done here in the past four years,” says Airport Manager, Dominic Yannuzzi. The Wings of Freedom Tour runs through Wednesday at the Hazleton Airport.