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updated: 7/21/2011 2:58 PM

Vintage planes at Wheeling airport open house Saturday

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Daily Herald staff report

The Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling will conduct an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring vintage airplanes, as well as food, exhibits and family entertainment.

The Collings Foundation will display World War II aircraft from its collection of war birds: the B-17, B-24 and P-51 aircraft. The planes will arrive at the airport Friday.

Exhibitors include the Civil Air Patrol, CEA flight schools and Wheeling-Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce & Industry businesses. The Civil Air Patrol will be selling water and soft drinks to raise funds in support of their programs, and man a first-aid and cooling station.

Aviation experts from Windy City Flyers, Boraam Aviation and Flight World will display aircraft and flight instructors will talk about how to become a pilot.

While the open house is only on Saturday, first-come, first-serve tours of the airplanes begin at 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. each following day until the aircraft depart at noon Monday. Visitors must pay a nominal fee. To take flights on the historic aircraft, visit