War …birds


Maybe it’s about growing up in the 1960’s watching “Twelve o’clock High” on TV and the numerous movies depicting WWII as fought in the skies but no doubt, I am fascinated by vintage war birds. The Collings Foundation is a non-profit group that is dedicated to “preserving the machines that helped build the world and helped keep it free.” Many of these war planes are flown around the country for display and educational purposes. I have now seen these aircraft at Moffett Field (Mountain View, CA) three separate times over the past 4 years. Aircraft on display for the “Wings of Freedom Tour” include the famous B-17 “Flying Fortress,” the B-25 “Mitchell,” the B-24 “Liberator,” and the P-51 Mustang. Flights in each of these aircraft are available to the general public ($425 for the B-17 or B-24). One of these days, I hope to enjoy a flight in one of these great planes. In this photo gallery, I’ve collected 32 photos taken at Moffett Field in 2006, 2008 and just last month (May 2010). Click any thumbnail image to start gallery: