Updated: 07/09/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 07/09/2014 5:13 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Rare pieces of World War II history have flown into the Northland and are now on display for the public to see up close.
Eyewitness News was next to the runway to catch the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator landing at the Richard I. Bong Airport. The P-51 Mustang fighter is expected to arrive in Superior later Wednesday.
The trio of aircraft make up the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom tour. Ryan Keough is their ride coordinator. He said they've toured the country for 25 years, stopping in 110 communities throughout the year.
Keough call the aircraft flying museums. When the Liberator was in commission during World War II in 1944, the aircraft would have been flying in a formation with 500 other aircraft.
"It was used to cripple the Axis war effort from internally. It used to bomb factories, air fields, ship pens, that kind of thing," explained Keough.
And to see this Liberator up close is pretty rare.
"Out of over 18,000 aircraft built, it is the last one in flying condition and only about 1 of 20 air frames in museums around the country," he said.
The B-17 is 1 of eight still flying in the U.S.
Alan White with the local Experimental Aircraft Association is helping out with the tour while it's in Superior. He's flown in a B-17 before and said it's an experience he won't forget.
"It is a thrill. You just sit there and you start thinking of all the stories that you heard about the people who flew these airplanes," said White.
Some folks will get the chance to do the same this week while the planes are in Superior. Flights in the rare aircraft are available. On either the B-17 or B-24 flights are $450 per person.
The grounds at the Richard I. Bong Airport are open Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. until noon. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids.
For more information, click here.
Fire Danger Expected to Increase in Minnesota
Dry conditions are expected to increase the danger of wildfires in Minnesota this weekend.
Three Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Woman in Douglas Co. Shootout
Twenty two-year old Jessica Gehl of Lake Nebagamon was charged with three counts of attempted first degree intentional murder Friday after she allegedly pulled a gun on her mother and then opened fire on authorities Wednesday. Gehl was also charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Reinert 'Strongly Considering' Running for Duluth Mayor
When Duluth Mayor Don Ness announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election, many people were surprised. On Friday, Sen. Roger Reinert said he is strongly considering entering the race.
Charge Against Woman in Arrest Video Dismissed
A judge has dismissed a charge against a woman seen in a video of a controversial Superior arrest. At a hearing Friday, Judge Kelly Thimm approved a motion to dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Natasha Lancour.
Justin's 2014-2015 Winter Prediction
Winter is right around the corner and the question on everybody's mind is will we have a winter like last year. With record stretches of cold and record snowfall last year is one we one like to forget. Chief meteorologist Justin Liles lets us know what we can expect this year