The tour, in its 30th year, includes five rare bomber and fighter aircraft that arrived Friday afternoon.

GREEN  A young Illinois couple were set to be married at the end of 1941.

But when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, Army Capt. Wyett Colclasure and Army nurse Nila Powell moved up their wedding, marrying a week later.

Nearly eight decades later, their son flew inside a World War II-era plane Friday at the MAPS Air Museum in Green.

“I've already done the B-17, and I've already done a Ford Trimotor, so we're ticking them off," said Wyett Colclasure II, 76, of Salem, Illinois, who spent 30 years in the Army and flew on a B-25.

Colclasure’s flight was part of the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour, which the MAPS Air Museum is hosting this weekend for visitors to explore and learn more about World War II-era aircraft. According to the Massachusetts-based nonprofit educational foundation, many aircraft were scrapped after the war for raw aluminum, so few were spared.

The tour, in its 30th year, includes five rare bomber and fighter aircraft that arrived at the museum Friday afternoon.

The B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States, while the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the world. The B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo" is best known for being used in the Doolittle raid.

The P-51 Mustang "Toulouse Nuts" was known as the bombers’ “Little Friend,” saving crews from attacking Axis fighters. New to the tour, which includes stops in 110 cities, is the P-40 Warhawk "Jaws,” best known for being part of the Flying Tigers.

MAPS tour guide Bob George, 85, of Jackson Township, won a drawing to ride on the B-25. He took a bus to Dayton, the planes’ previous stop, and took the noisy 50-minute ride back to Green on the plane, which could only be accessed using a ladder.

“Just like a souped-up Model T,” said George, who served in the Army from 1953 to 1955.

Across the ramp, father Chris Myers, 82, and daughter, Gretchen Myers, 56, both of Kent, were searching for the name of their daughter and sister, 1st Sgt. Jennifer Myers, on the B-17.

Jennifer died of cancer on Veterans Day 2014, just before she was planning to retire from the Army after 19.5 years. Her husband donated to the Collings Foundation, which put her name on the B-17.

After searching for a few minutes, they found Jennifer’s name near the plane’s nose.

"Your daughter made it on the side of a plane,” Gretchen told her father, who served in the Navy for four years.

Tickets, which include museum admission, aircraft tours and parking, are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. Aircraft tours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.

Visitors can also take 30-minute flights aboard the B-17 or B-24 for $450 per person and aboard the B-25 for $400 per person. P-40 flight training is $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for an hour. P-51 flight training is $2,400 for a half-hour and $3,400 for an hour.

The museum is on the west side of Akron-Canton Airport at 2260 International Parkway, just off Massillon Road.

For questions, contact MAPS at 330-896-6332 or visit For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924 or visit