Wings of Freedom touch down in Allen County

Jim Crook and his grandson, Job Crook, of Lima, pose for a picture in front of the  B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft," at Allen County Airport during the Wings of Freedom Tour's stop in Lima.The B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine," pulls up to the Allen County Airport on Wednesday.
Staff Writer

A little bit of history touched down at the Allen County Airport on Wednesday, as a group of rare World War II-era planes visited Lima while on a 10-month tour of the country.

As part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour, a B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine," B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft," B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo," and P-51 Mustang "Toulouse Nuts," will be camped out at the airport until noon on Friday.

The planes arrived around 2 p.m. from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, with the exception of the Mustang–which caught up with the group later–and were available for tours shortly after, an opportunity just as rare as the planes themselves.

"Out of about 18,000 built, [Witchcraft] is the only flying B-24 anywhere in the world right now," Eric Whyte, a volunteer pilot, who flew the B-17 in on Wednesday, said. "To be able to fly it out here and tell the story of these airplanes, what they accomplished, what the people that flew them accomplished, the stories of where they were built. There's a lot of history and it's really an honor to be a part of that."

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