Wings of Freedom lands in Houston this weekend

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 11:20 AM

HOUSTON – The Wings of Freedom tour has landed again and this weekend you can see it at Hooks Memorial Airport.

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The Massachusetts-based traveling museum features aircraft from World War II and Vietnam.

For 91-year-old Hy Gordon, of Houston, the memories came flooding back on Friday. He served as an airplane mechanic with the U.S. Army during World War II and worked on B-24’s like the one on the tour.

“You couldn’t destroy that plane,” he said. “It’s built so well.” Gordon’s son, grandson, and even great-grandson were with him to see the planes.

And that is exactly why the not-for-profit group started the program 25 years ago when they began traveling the country.

“We’re right up there with most of the large aviation museums around the country,” said Ryan Keough, Wings of Freedom. “Just we don’t have a hangar to put everybody in. We actually put the airplanes out in the local communities for people to come see them.”

On Friday nearly a dozen flew from Ellington Field to Hooks Airport, where they will be on public display for the weekend.

Visitors can even take flights about the planes. Prices range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per person, per flight.

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