WWII hero planes land in the Lowcountry

WWII hero planes land in the Lowcountry

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Vintage aviation military heroes flew into the Lowcountry on Wednesday. It was all part of the living history exhibit "Wings of Freedom Tour." It's being held at the Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island.

A crowd of people, from World War II veterans to elementary school kids, lined up to get a closer look at a trio of well kept planes: a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, and a P-51 Mustang.

"Well these aircraft were instrumental in winning the European theatre war in World War II," says Dan Mueller, a classic plane enthusiast.

Photographer Brooke Williams admits he is excited to take long lasting photographs of important planes.

"I see a mean old machine that's in great shape," notes Williams.

For a fee, 12 buck for adults or 6 dollars for children 12 and under, visitors got the chance to go inside the same cramped quarters service members dealt with during battle.

They also got an up close look at the weaponry used by aviators and their crew to fight for freedom.

According to Mueller, "All these guns on the aircraft are used primarily for defense against fighter aircraft."

For a bit of a heftier price, up to 32 hundred dollars for an hour, fliers can take to the skies in the historic craft.

The event goes until Friday. For more details you can call 800-568-8924 or go to the website www.collingsfoundation.org

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