The Frontiers of Flight Museum hosted the arrival of the annual Wings of Freedom Tour. World War II aircraft on display included a B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51. For $400-$450, visitors can fly in one of the aircraft. (Danny Fulgencio)

The Frontiers of Flight Museum hosted the arrival of the annual Wings of Freedom Tour. World War II aircraft on display included a B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51. For $400-$450, visitors can fly in one of the aircraft. (Danny Fulgencio)

We were about 10 minutes into our flight on the North American B-25 Mitchell (one of America’s most famous medium bombers according to Lake Highlands resident and Frontiers of Flight Museum development officer John Billimeck). I was concentrating on the sights and sounds inside the vintage plane and the fading earth beneath it. I could almost feel the ghost of the young man who once occupied the seat in which I was sitting, buckled tight, dripping sweat, unable to hear a thing but the rumrumrumeeerrrrmmm of those deafening Wright R-2600 engines as he cruised over the Pacific into battle. Maybe that passenger was still alive, I hoped, and was one of the old men standing on the ground, shaded eyes glued to the old aircraft as it carried me into the clouds.

A quickly emerging unease yanked me from my reverie, and soon I was fully focused on not hurling all over myself and my coworker, and the guys from the Dallas Morning News who were with us. I honed in on my own breathing until we landed, and when I mentioned how bad I felt, someone commented that at least I wasn’t being shot at. Indeed.

Back on the ground, we had the pleasure of meeting Staff Sgt. Homer Hogues, a resident of Allen, TX who is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Also we chatted with our pilot, a 19-year-old named Rob Pinkston. When before the flight I expressed faux dismay about his youth I was reminded that the original pilots were about the same age. Put in my place yet again.

You could experience this for yourself — and get a feel for what soldiers experienced during WWII (sans the enemy fire, etc.) — this weekend at the Frontiers of Flight’s annual Wings of Freedom Tour.

Organizers were kind enough to send members of the media up on the B-25 Mitchell Wednesday. We flew for 20 minutes over Highland Park, Preston Hollow, White Rock Lake and Lake Highlands, Garland and Lake Ray Hubbard — did you see us? Keep your eye on the sky (though your ears might tell you first) through Sunday as flights of the B-25, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51C Mustang cruise over our coverage area.

So, if you cannot afford the $400-$450 ticket to ride, or if you think you might be a motion-sickness prone weenie, peruse our photos, taken by the Advocate’s Danny Fulgencio.

Cost is considered a donation and is tax deductible. It all helps fund the continued operation of the aircraft on the 110-city tour, which aims to preserve historical aircraft and honor the veterans who flew them.

What: Bring the family to tour the airplane museum and the WWII planes on the ground at the Wings of Freedom Tour 

Where: Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon

When: Through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Cost: $7-$12

More: flightmuseum.com


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