Students Visit WWII Aircraft at Air Power Tour

Students Visit WWII Aircraft at Air Power Tour
Posted on 06/14/2019

More than 150 students from Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) were given the unique experience of touring rare aircraft at the Air Power Tour earlier this month.

On June 4, students were invited to learn about and tour two of the rarest World War II bomber aircraft in the world- FIFI, the most famous, flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress and Diamond Lil, an equally rare B-24 Liberato, at the Salisbury Regional Airport. Airport Director Calvin Peacock worked with the Commemorative Air Force to bring the B-29/B-24 Squadron together, allowing students to see the aircraft, speak to crew and pilots, and experience the sounds and smells of World War II aviation history.

Students also visited some of the rescue vehicles at the Salisbury Airport, including the fire engines that supply service to aircraft when emergencies arise. The students spoke with firefighters and looked at the equipment, as well as tried on fire apparatus. Finally, volunteers offered a seminar on over-water safety when in a B-25 bomber. The students watched a video about how the crewmembers were trained in World War II, and they were able to try on a vintage blow-up life vest that was still functioning.

“This trip provided a glimpse of history to our students that is rarely offered in our area,” said WCPS Coordinator of Instruction Tamara Mills. “We are grateful to the Salisbury Airport and its generous donors, for helping to bring this experience to our students. Our history, afterschool and JROTC students enjoyed looking through the aircraft, seeing the bomb bays, speaking with volunteers who were very knowledgeable and learning about real life events that grandparents and great-grandparents may have experienced firsthand.” 

Rising eighth-grade student James Sills said, “It was awesome to see these aircraft! They are so huge, and while you read about things like this, it is different to actually experience it. Getting to touch it, walk around it, and hear about it from crew members was really cool!” 

The Richard A. Henson Foundation generously provided funding for the students to attend this event.