My son and I headed up to New Symnra Beach to visit American Aero Sevices to watch the departure of the Collings Foundation’s B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” and TF-51 Mustang “Toulouise Nuts” for the Florida leg of the 2020 “Wings of Freedom” tour. Always a great treat to see these planes fly but the amount of work going on at American Aero was surprising and good to see.
Lets start off the departing aircraft, the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” and TF-51 Mustang “Toulouise Nuts”. These aircraft just finished their winter maintenance and were heading to Deland, to start doing flights and ground tours. Flights are available across the state and dates can be found here.
Another aircraft getting maintenance, is the EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”.
A lot of fighter maintenance going on in the hangar, with American Airpower Museum’s FG-1D Corsair and the Collings Foundation’s TP-40 being worked on, along with the rebuild of the Collings Foundation’s P-51C, which is formerly known as “Betty Jane” being redone as P-51B “The Stars Look Down”.
Trying videos for the first time, so lets see how these walk-arounds come out.
Navy bombers were in attendance on the ramp as well, including the Heritage Flight Foundation’s TBM-3E and Charles Lynch’s TBM 3U “She’s The Boss”
Not sure who’s Fairchild Pt-19 this belongs to, but the wood work details are amazing.
The Collings Foundation’s B-25 “Tondelayo” was parked on the ramp along with a C-54 that homesteads at American Aero.
Lastly, this would look awesome in my office!
Great Day at American Aero Services!
P-40 Warhawk American Dream will be available for instruction flights from 16-23 January.
The Liberty Foundation will be touring Florida with the B-17 “Ye Olde Pub” and a P-51 to various sites in Florida in January and February of 2020. The aircraft are part of the Erickson collection and leased to the Liberty Foundation.
Dates are as follows:
Jan 25-26, Jacksonville, FL, B-17 & P-51 RIDES
Feb 01-02, The Villages, FL (Leesburg International), B-17 & P-51 RIDES
Feb 08-09, Tallahassee, FL, B-17 & P-51 RIDES
Feb 15-16, Pensacola, FL B-17 & P-51 RIDES
Ground tours and flight will be available. For flights, call the Tour Coordinator at 678-589-7433.
After a few years of restoration, the Valiant Air Command’s TBM Avenger undertook a major step forward by returning to flight on Saturday. Congratulations to all involved in making this happen.
The National Warplane Museum B-17 “The Movie Memphis Belle” is spending the winter months down at Warbird Adventures. Walk around tours are available as well as flights but please contact them first for details.
The Collings Foundation will kick off the 2020 tour with a loop around Florida starting in January and ending early February. Tour aircraft include the B-24 Liberator and FT-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts”. Both ground tours and flights are available at locations, with weather and maintenance causing potential re-scheduling. Also, local aircraft may join these tour dates.
If you have not seen these aircraft, highly suggest.
Dates are as follows:
Deland, FL – DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney H Taylor Field (DED)
January 17 @ 12:00 pm – January 19 @ 4:30 pm
Tampa, FL – Tampa Executive Airport (VDF)
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – January 23 @ 12:00 pm
Venice, FL – Venice Municipal Airport (VNC)
January 23 @ 2:00 pm – January 26 @ 4:00 pm
Fort Myers, FL – Page Field (FMY)
January 27 @ 12:00 pm – January 30 @ 12:00 pm
Naples, FL – Naples Municipal Airport (APF)
January 30 @ 2:00 pm – February 2 @ 4:30 pm
Marathon, FL – The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (MTH)
February 3 @ 12:00 pm – February 6 @ 12:00 pm
For more details, visit there site: Collings Foundation 2020 Florida tour
This weekend, the Stuart Air Show will take place at the Stuart airport. Here is a short list:
TP-40 “American Dream”
Valiant Air Command’s C-47 “Tico Belle”
Jim Tobul’s F4U-4 Corsair “Korean War Hero”
Scott Yoak’s P-51 “Quicksilver”
Tom Reilly’s B-25 “Killer Bee”
National Warplane Museum B-17 “The Movie Memphis Belle”
National Warplane Museum C-47 “Whiskey 7”