History takes flight in Palm Beach County

Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 12:50:38-05

The Wings of Freedom Tour is bringing a real-life history lesson to Palm Beach County.

Three World War II fighters are on display at Palm Beach International Airport until Thursday. After that, they’ll move to Boca Raton until Saturday.

A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang are on display as a part of the tour, which has been traveling the United States for more than 20 years.

Veterans and history buffs can be found on the airfield to give more information about the planes.

“It's nostalgic and it's exciting,” said Joe Reveman, a 90-year-old veteran who was a B-17 radio operator. “It brings back some good memories because I'm here, and I'm alive.”

Reveman served 24 missions and survived two B-17 crashes.  He says seeing the bomber reminds him of how thankful he is to have made it out of the war alive.

“I had no fears and no reservations, like nothing could happen to me,” he said. “And as a result, nothing happened. So I’m here to look at this 75-year-old plane, still flying. It’s a good feeling to look at it and say I’m here.”

World War II veterans are invited to tour the aircraft at no cost. Adults can take a tour for $12 and children under 12-years-old for $6.

Flights on the B-17 or B-24 are also available for $450 per person.No reservations are needed for walk through tours. 

Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations.