Wings of Freedom Tour Sets Down in San Diego

San Diegans still have a little time to see some vintage World War II planes in North County.

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San Diegans still have a little time to see some vintage World War II planes that are on display during the national Wings of Freedom tour that made a stop in North County this week.
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Aircraft fans can see a B-17 Flying Fortress, a P-51 Mustang fighter and a Consolidated B 24 Liberator that was built in San Diego.
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The planes landed Monday at McClellan Palomar Aiport for a three-day stop.
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The government went to Consolidated in the early days of the war in 1941 to build the Liberator.
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"They recognized that with the war in the Pacific, they needed a bomber that would fly higher, faster, farther, carry a bigger bomb load than the B-17," B-24 crew member Carl Silber said Tuesday. "So, based on those specificationsm, Consolidated here in San Diego went to work on the drawing board."
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At the height of the war, Consolidated employed 45,000 people to build the B-24, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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The company later became Convair, which was in turn bought by General Dynamics, which was was sold in 1994 when General Dynamics broke up.
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The aircraft will still be on display on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon.
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