KALISPELL, Mont. - Three war planes flew into Kalispell on Wednesday as part of the "Wings of Freedom" tour put on by the Collings Foundation. The foundation tours these historic war planes across the nation to keep their history alive.
Pilot Carl Riese is one of the crew members who brings these planes across the country.
"We basically have three airplanes that travel together a B-17, a B-24 and a Mustang fighter," said Riese.
For 91 year old Benny Ryan, these planes are more than just a tourist attraction.
"These are planes of my era, I love them," said Ryan.
Ryan served in WWII and was stationed in Panama. He enlisted the Friday after the Pearl Harbor attacks.
This weeks event is a chance for those who once flew these types of planes, and those who have only read about them, to see a piece of living history up close.
"I just love being here with them," said Ryan. "I just want to be close with them."
The planes will be available for viewing on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and again on Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Proceeds go to the Collings Foundation.