Get an up close look at some of World War II’s most famous planes and talk to veterans who flew them at the WWII AirPower Expo 2014.
The three-day event, which partners with the CAF, takes over the tarmac at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport from Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 with a fleet of legendary WWII aircraft —fully restored and ready to fly. Attending aircraft include the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang and other fighters, trainers and liaison airplanes.
Visitors can touch and feel the planes, climb inside the cockpits, and even strap in for a ride-along flight. Guests can also view ground vehicles from the Museum's collection and experience history hands-on with WWII uniforms and gear. A number of veterans who flew the aircraft, including the legendary B-29 Superfortress and B-24 Liberator, will be on site to recount stories of their time in the air.
In partnering with CAF, the Museum is taking its educational mission to an exciting new place by combining the iconic aircraft of WWII with its rich collection of artifacts and oral histories.
"At the Museum, we have been able to introduce hundreds or thousands of visitors to the significant aircraft that made up a large portion of the arsenal of democracy," explains Stephen Watson, executive vice president."By partnering with the CAF, we are allowing guests to get a close-up view and have a conversation with pilots, restoration crews and WWII veterans to learn even more about how these planes function and their role in history."
AirPower Expo is central to that goal. In addition to the air show, the event will include crafts and educational activities for children and performances from the Museum’s own Victory Belles. Friday’s festivities will be capped off by the AirPower Swing, a three-hour dinner and dance that starts at 7 p.m. in the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal’s Walnut Room. Recently restored to its original art-deco glory, it is the perfect setting for our nostalgic gala celebration. The Museum’s Victory Big Band and Victory Belles will perform hits from the World War II era.
Daily tickets to the AirPower Expo cost $15, while tickets for children, seniors, and
retired or active military servicemembers cost $10. Friday’s AirPower Swing is $75 for the stand-alone event and $100 for an all-access pass for entrance into the AirPower Expo and dance. Aircraft ride prices range from $75 to $1,595 and advance reservations are recommended. For tickets, ride information and more please visit: http://ww2airpowerexpo.org/home/