Collings Foundation Aircraft Depart to Rave Reviews

Collings Foundation Aircraft Depart to Rave Reviews

By the time the Collings Foundation’s squadron of aircraft departed PWK last week, they’d already made quite the impression on people both on and near the airport. The 2017 visit of the world-famous B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51 this year drew nearly 3,000 visitors, many who waited in long lines in the hot sun just for a chance to get up close to the aircraft all hunkered down on the east side ramp. A few of the lucky ones went for rides aboard these vintage birds. The money taken in at the gate and to carry riders during the week all went back to the Collings Foundation, a 501(c) 3 educational foundation, to support the aircraft and the people who flew them.

Chicago Executive Airport and Signature Flight Support-PWK again supported the vintage airplanes during their visit July 26 to the 31st. Signature deeply discounted the fuel delivered to the 4-aircraft during the stay while the airport provided some of the safety support to keep people close to the airplanes and away from the runways.

The Signature folks said, “Thousands of aviation enthusiasts and their families came to tour and take a flight, bringing back memories for many former military people who were involved with these aircraft 70 years ago.”

Once the numbers were tabulated, the Signature people said some 2,850 people passed through the gate. About 216 visitors took a ride aboard one of the airplanes during one of the 41 separate flights, 16 for the P-51 and 25 for the B-17, B-24 and B-25. The P-51 carried one passenger while the B-25 carried six. The B-17 and the B-24 were each capable of carrying 10 passengers on each trip.

If you missed them this year, the Collings Foundation airplanes will be back in July 2018. Find more on the Collings Foundation here.

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