Twin Cities north metro town briefs: WWII planes stopping in Anoka County

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 2:14 PM

A B-17 Flying Fortress taxied on the runway at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport during a visit several years ago. The B-17 was a mainstay of the U.S. air effort during World War II, and it will be one of the planes coming to the airport this week as part of the “Wings of Freedom Tour.” In this photo, World War II veteran Donald Berndt took a look at the craft in which he’d just taken a ride.

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‘Wings of Freedom’ will be at airport

Planes that played a key role in World War II will be at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport Thursday through Sunday when the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour touches down.

The aircraft include a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber and a P-51 Mustang fighter.

Visitors will be able to look at the planes inside and out. The cost is $12 for those 12 and over and $6 for kids under 12. World War II veterans can tour the aircraft at no cost.

Also available will be 30-minute flights on either the B-17 or B-24, for $425 per person, and 30- and 60-minute P-51 flights for $2,200 and $3,200, respectively.

Hours for the ground tours and display are 2-5 p.m. Thursday, July 18; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19-21. The flights are usually scheduled before and after the tour times.

The tour will be at the Golden Wings Museum, at the south end of the field, 8891 Airport Road.


Kids safety camp to be held July 23-24

The Coon Rapids police and fire departments will offer a safety camp next week for Coon Rapids students entering fourth and fifth grades this fall.

The two-day camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday at Sand Creek Park, 1008 Northdale Blvd.

Campers will learn water safety, fire safety, electrical safety, basic first aid, how to use 911 and more.

There is a $40 registration fee, which covers supplies, a T-shirt, snacks and lunch, and transportation to and from the swimming pool; $15 scholarships are available to children based on their eligibility for the free and reduced-price school lunch program.

There will be a graduation ceremony next Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Coon Rapids High School Auditorium.

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