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May 19, 2010 10:46 PM by Ariel Wesler

Warbird tour stops at Santa Maria Airport

Three World War II aircraft landed at the Santa Maria Airport. A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and the classic P-51 Mustang were all on display yesterday and today. Visitors could view the outside of the planes for free or pay a little to go inside. The planes were built toward the end of the war and never saw combat.

"It's so rewarding, especially seeing World War II veterans and they come out there. A lot of time there's closure for them. A lot of times their families will see this is what dad or granddad did," said Bill Sellmeyer, a co-pilot on the B-17 and B-24

The warbirds are part of the Wings of Freedom nationwide tour put on by the Colling's Foundation. Monterey is the next stop on the 120-city tour.

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