A Rare Look Back at World War II

By Sandy McBride

When three rare World War II aircraft from the Wings of Freedom Tour flew into the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville last week, it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the average citizen to see up close and personal historic planes which played such a vital role in saving our world nearly 70 years ago.  A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber and a P-51 Mustang were on the tarmac adjacent to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum and open for inspection by visitors.

These storied planes highlighted a three-day event which featured tours of the museum itself, a craft show, book sale and some great food on a cold and dreary day.  Visitors were able to board the two bombers to get just a little bit of perspective as to what those Army Air Corps crews had to endure while fighting to bring an end to the Nazi threat which had a stranglehold on all of Europe at the time.
Being the history buffs we are, Tom and I could not pass up the opportunity to see those planes, so we braved threatening rain and the late morning chill to join hundreds of other folks who also chose to avail themselves of this rare chance to see these aircraft.

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