Vintage planes fly in to Marco Island Airport

History will be on display at the Marco Island Airport beginning Wednesday.

A B-24 Liberator (foreground), the only one of its kind flying in the world today, and a rare B-17 will be at the Marco Island Executive Airport today through Friday.

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A B-24 Liberator (foreground), the only one of its kind flying in the world today, and a rare B-17 will be at the Marco Island Executive Airport today through Friday.

But don’t expect to see a small artifact behind glass.

Instead, two World War II planes will be on display through Friday for Islanders and visitors to explore.

The Wings of Freedom Tour will stop on Marco Island at 2 p.m. today. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator will be on display through noon on Friday. The tour is sponsored by The Collings Foundation, a non-profit education foundation.

The tour is in its 18th year, with the planes visiting about 130 cities in 30 states each year. Since the program began, millions of people have had the chance to see B-17 and B-24 planes on display.

Those who attend will be able to take a walk-through tour of the planes. A donation of $10 for adults — $5 for children under 12 years old — is suggested.

More adventurous visitors can see Marco Island from the air. For $425 per person, history buffs can take a 30-minute plane ride.

For more information regarding the event, or to reserve a spot on the plane, call (978) 562-9182.

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