Drawing a crowd this week at the Port of Skagit Bayview Airport is this Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress,” one of two vintage aircraft from the Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour.” The other aircraft on display is a B-24 “Liberator.” The planes were described by Skagit Valley Herald reporter Jake Olson as “the backbone of the American war effort from 1942 to 1945.” I was privileged to tour the planes Tuesday afternoon with my dad, a U.S. Navy veteran drawn away from Anacortes as a teen in World War II. I was impressed by a young crewman who met my dad in the rear of the B-17, expressing his thanks for Dad’s contribution when he learned that he had served with the Navy in the Pacific. Today is the last day of a three-day visit for the fully operational planes (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). See more photos in Activities section under “Vintage bombers.”
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