Sebring Expo to host Wings of Freedom Tour and NASA Display Visitors will see historic WW II aircraft and learn about space vehicles of the future


Contact: Jana Filip, Director

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 17-20, 2013
Sebring, Florida

December 13, 2012, Sebring, Florida—Visitors to the 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, January 17-20, 2013, will have a chance to interact with history when three World War II era aircraft arrive to spend the weekend on display at the Sebring Regional Airport.  At the opposite end of the aviation spectrum, Expo attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) current Commercial Crew Program.

Wings of Freedom Tour
A B-17 bomber, a B-24 bomber, and a P-51C fighter from the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour are scheduled to arrive on Friday, January 18, at 1:30 p.m. The aircraft will remain on display, and make demonstration flights throughout the weekend. A daily admission ticket for Expo will be required to view the aircraft.

The B-17 bomber Nine-O-Nine, the B-24 Liberator Witchcraft, and the P-51C Betty Jane will be ondisplay from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18; from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19; and from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out —$12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Guests may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. Aviation enthusiasts may also have the rare opportunity to experience flight training in the P-51C Betty Jane, with a P-51-rated pilot/instructor providing training. Flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. Guests are welcome to make reservations in advance by calling the Collings Foundation at 800-568-8924. For more information about the Wings of Freedom Tour, visit

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is expected to offer access to and return from low-Earth orbit, including transportation to the International Space Station. The CCP will help lay the foundation for future commercial transportation capabilities for the U.S. government and other free-enterprise customers. For more information about the CCP, visit

Sponsors for the 2012 Expo include Highlands Today, Sebring Regional Airport, Trade-A-Plane, Southeast Aviation Show, Plane & Pilot Magazine, Aviators Hot Line, Powered Sport Flying Magazine, Cessna Owner & Pipers Magazines, Coffee News of FLA, AVweb, Atkins, Aviation Digest,, GA Buyer Europe, Flight Design, EAA, FATA, AeroShell, Ultra Light Flying Magazine,, Midwest LSA Show, Rocky Mountain Regional Airshow, In Flight USA, Breezer Aircraft, MATCO Mfg, igourmet, RNDC, Pilot Mag, Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft & Arion Aircraft, Aircraft Spruce, & Specialty Co., Fly-Low Publications, Bristell USA, LoPresti, Lyons Studo, General Aviation News, Heartland National Bank, Lockwood Aviation Supply, Garmin, CubCrafters, American Legend Aircraft Company, and Aero Mercado.

About U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
The Sport Aviation Show features light sport and sport aircraft, and includes conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft—over 150 aircraft on display. The 9th annual event will again take place at the Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), in Sebring, Florida from January 17-20, from 9:00AM to 5:00Pm daily.

For details such as discounted online tickets sales, schedule of events, exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities visit