Wings of Freedom Tour 2016 at Wiley Post Airport
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Valair Aviation, a full service MRO and FBO facility at Wiley Post Airport, will host the Wings of Freedom Tour April 1-3, 2016. The tour is open to the public and will showcase vintage aircraft including a WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell and a North American P-51 Mustang.
The Collings Foundation of Stow, Massachusetts manages these living-history events enabling Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. The Wings of Freedom Tour offers the public a rare opportunity to explore and learn about last-of-its-kind aircraft.
“We are pleased to host the Wings of Freedom Tour again. This event ties in with several initiatives we host throughout the year to educate the public, particularly young people, about aviation and career opportunities in the industry,” said Darryl Wilkerson, President of Valair Aviation. “The Wings of Freedom Tour is a great fit for Oklahoma City which has been a center of influence in the aerospace industry for more than a century. We invite Oklahoma families to enjoy the spring weather and get a glimpse of an important time in our history.”
Visitors of the tour will be able to explore the aircraft inside and out as well as take a once-in-a-lifetime, 30-minute flight aboard one of the rare aircraft. For full event details, visit www.valairaviation.com/events
Airport Improvements Continue at Wiley Post Airport
As work wraps up on Phase I of Wiley Post Airport’s runway and taxiway enhancement project, Phase II is ready to get underway. The multi-year projects will ultimately improve the quality and safety of the airfield.
The phasing plans call for the rehabilitation and improvement of drainage on the airport’s primary runway and parallel taxiway system along with upgrades to signage, runway lights and other navigational aids. The two phases combined are expected to take three years to complete with an investment of $8.1million. The primary source of funding for the projects is the Oklahoma City Airport Trust which will contribute over $4 million. Additional funding will come in the form of grants from the state of Oklahoma and the Federal government.
Phase II, which is scheduled to begin November 2, 2015, includes the following:
· Diamond Grinding pavement lips on Runway 17L/35R (approximately 18,000 sy)
· Joint, Crack, and Spall Repair on Runway 17L/35R
· Rubber Removal of Center 50’ of North 1,500’ and South 1,500’ on Runway 17L/35R
· Paint Removal and Remarking of Runway 17L/35R
· Pavement Grooving North 1,500’ and South 1,500’ on Runway 17L/35R
· Demolition of Taxiway A-8 between Runway 17L and Taxiway A
· Runway 17L/35R Drainage Improvements at the intersection of Runway 13/31
· Rehabilitation and Upgrade of Electrical Circuits, Conduit, Wire, Signs, PAPIs, and Guidance Lights on Runway 17L/35R
· Rehabilitation of the primary and secondary windcones
During this Phase, Runway 17L/35R will have an extended closure of approximately 182 working days.
Phase III is anticipated to begin in 2017. Items that will be addressed in this phase include but are not limited to:
· Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation on Taxiway A
· Concrete Joint, Crack, and Spall Repair on Parallel Taxiways A and B
· Rehabilitation and Upgrade of Electrical Circuits, Conduit, Wire, Signs, and Guidance Lights on parallel Taxiways A and B
· Installation of Taxiway Edge Lighting on Taxiway B
· Paint Removal and Remarking of Parallel Taxiways A and B
As with all significant improvement projects there will be operational challenges along the way, but when completed the upgrades will reinforce the airport’s reputation for excellence.