Last flying B-24 plane lands at airport, open for tours and rides

The B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” is the last of its kind certified to fly. It is available to tour and ride at the Wings of Freedom Tour. (Brittani Wert, Oil City)

The annual Wings of Freedom Tour landed at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport this week allowing visitors to tour and ride in historic World War II bomber planes.

These planes have carried soldiers over enemy territory and to bases far from home, but they are now used to educate and stand tribute to their World War II crews, according to the Collings Foundation.

Planes on display include a B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” a B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine,” and a B-25 Mitchell. AP-51 Mustang and a P-40 Warhawk are also available for flight training.

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The fully restored B-24 Liberator is the most significant in the fleet, according to flight coordinator Demi Bamber, as it is the last flying B-24 in the world.

Witchcraft, built in August 1944, made it through an astounding 130 combat missions in its lifetime with the 467th Bomb Group over Europe and the Pacific during WWII. The Witchcraft never turned back from a mission, according to the Collings Foundation.

The plane sat in a bomber graveyard for over a decade before being restored to mint flying condition by the Foundation in the 1980s after thousands of hours of work.

Visitors can tour the planes until 5 pm this evening, and Friday from 9 am until 5 pm. Walk-through tours are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Information about booking flights in the historic crafts can be found on the Facebook event page.

“Witchcraft” sits on the runway at the Wings of Freedom tour (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
The names of crew members cover the side of the B-24 (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
Inside the B-24 (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
The B-17 Flying Fortress at the Wings of Freedom Tour (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
Inside the B-17 (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
(Brittani Wert, Oil City)
The B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine”
The Wings of Freedom Tour stopped in Casper this week. Visitors can tour and ride in historic WWII planes. (Brittani Wert, Oil City)