NL93012, the Collings Foundation B-17G dubbed "nine-o-nine" taxiing to park at Boeing Field. - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

NL93012, the Collings Foundation B-17G dubbed “nine-o-nine” taxiing at Boeing Field – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

This weekend only (June 26th-28th) if you want to see some warbirds, head down to the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, put down a few bucks, and enjoy!

What, exactly, does the Collings Foundation offer? A little bit of what you see above, and then more of what you see below…

NX224J, known as Witchcraft, is the only flying B-24J out there. -Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

NX224J, known as Witchcraft, is the only flying B-24J out there – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Their most famous aircraft is the only remaining Boeing B-24J “Witchcraft.” You can fly in it for $450; that’s cheaper than a B-29 Superfortress! They also have the only fully dual-control TP-51C Mustang (dubbed “Betty Jane” in their employ). Though the rates to fly on that are a bit more expensive, and best acquired by contacting the Foundation directly.

On top of that, they are bringing their Boeing B-17G “Nine-O-Nine”, and a B-25 “Tondelayo.” You can fly on the B-25 for the reasonable price of $400. If you don’t feel like flying, you can still make a small donation to have a look around any of their visiting aircraft.

The B-24 is not much for glazing, so you can get spectacular skyline views. - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

The B-24 is not much for glazing, so you can get spectacular skyline views – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

The Collings Foundation is an educational non-profit devoted to preserving aviation history. This is a cause anyone can get behind. Or literally get into.

So, if you need something to do on this unseasonably hot weekend, why not drive down to BFI? I did.

They were even gracious enough to give me a ride on their B-24J. I’ll do a full story on the history of this amazing plane in a future post, but until then, enjoy the eye candy:

The nose turret of a B-24J. You, too, can have this view. - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

The nose turret of a B-24J. You, too, can have this view. – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

The Norden bombsight aboard a B-24J. - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

The Norden bombsight aboard a B-24J – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Not ever day you can pretend to be a waist gunner. - Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Not ever day you can pretend to be a waist gunner – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Not in Seattle? Do not worry. The Wings of Freedom Tour will next be heading to Spokane, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. See their full schedule and also check out the rates for flying on these historical warbirds.

Note: I was provided a media flight to cover the experience. Opinions are my own. 

CONTRIBUTOR - SEATTLE, WA. Bernie has traveled around the world to learn about, experience, and photograph different types of planes. He will go anywhere to fly on anything. He spent four years in Australia learning about how to run an airline, while putting his learning into practice by mileage running around the world. You can usually find Bernie in his natural habitat: an airport. Email: [email protected].

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4 Comments

Oh wow. I am up in Vancouver and was looking for something to do, thinking about checking out Paine Field, but didn’t want to drive south just for that… now I found my excuse. Only problem is — which aircraft to fly? Which would you say?

It depends, honestly. The best answer is all of them- but if you can only afford one… I’d go for the B-24. It’s the rarest.

neat photos you have. i have always wondered about doing this and this weekend is my husband’s birthday. told him we are going to the museum of flight, but he has no idea we are going to do one of these flights too.

thanks for letting us know.

jenn, long time reader and warbird fan

Sammy Nishi

Got to take a hop on the B-17 over LA when they came to BURBANK AIRPORT ~ FABULOUS!! Amazing is the people you meet who are drawn to these planes .. .. Amazing .. ..

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