Historic WWII aircrafts on display

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - A piece of our nation's history is gracing the skies of Kearney this week.

Three World War II bombers are on display at the Kearney Regional Airport this week. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

Three original World War II bombers are at the Kearney Regional Airport. It's for the Collings Foundation's annual Wings of Freedom Tour.

People can tour the B-17 Flying Fortress, or check out the P-51 Mustang. The last flying B-24 is also on display.

"Sometimes it gets pretty emotional seeing some of the older brothers getting in there. They're in a wheelchair, and they get by the bombay, and they get back like they're 19 again ready to fight," said Angel Estrada, flight engineer for the Collings Foundation.

Estrada mostly works on the B-24. He said over time, it's been used in the Royal Navy as well as in the Indian Army. A private contractor brought it back to the U.S. many years ago. The Collings Foundation has had it for about 30 years.

It's an experience that honors our veterans and keeps history alive.

"World War II was a big war. I mean how are our kid's kids going to know what we've done unless we keep these airplanes up. For me as well, it's also a bigger thing, because I'm also a vet with some of these other guys. I get to take care of my big brother's airplanes," Estrada said.

You can tour, and actually fly in the bombers.

Tours cost $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets for flights cost $450.

Wednesday is the last day you can see these planes. They'll be out at the airport starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will head out to Columbus at noon.