Vintage war aircraft grounded due to insurance costs

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 6/05/2013 11:25 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- An operations official with the The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour says the Reno – Tahoe Airport Authority has forced them to cease flying their WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang from the Reno - Stead Airport due to insurance concerns.

The group was supposed to be in town from June 3 to June 5. Visitors could explore the aircraft inside and out, and experience a 30-minute flight. They were even able to the plane for various fee levels. The airplanes still can be displayed at the airport through June 5th, but cannot offer flights of any kind.

The Collings Foundation tells News 4 they have $15 million insurance on the bombers and $500,000 per passenger. They say airport officials told them they must up their passenger insurance to $1 million. The Collings Foundation tells News 4 they obtained the $1 million insurance as requested, and then were told they must get $5 million per passenger; they cannot afford $5 million per passenger. They tell News 4 they have never had to increase their insurance at any other airport in the past.

When reached for comment Reno – Tahoe Airport Authority President & CEO Krys Bart confirmed the warbirds have been grounded. Bart confirmed it was an insurance issue, but could not confirm the exact amount of insurance that was needed because she was not in her office and did not have the paperwork available. Bart said the insurance amount is determined by the airport’s insurance underwriter.

The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing "living history" events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Collings Foundation says Wings of Freedom Tour is in its 24th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually.

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Kramer - 6/6/2013 1:03 PM
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use WWII in Stead of "war" in this headline, it is the factoid.

Sparky13 - 6/5/2013 6:59 PM
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The underwriters are idiots!

Bill A - 6/5/2013 4:03 PM
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We flew the B14 last week and it was in fact a chance of a lifetime. As for the airport and or reno there are many more that would be elated to have the aircraft fly from their airports. We missed them when they were in i=our area so we drove 400 miles to catch up with them and it was a great mini vacation for us.

GordonL - 6/5/2013 3:15 PM
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The Collings Foundation will find a way around this ridiculous requirement, they've done it before.

Reno Deano - 6/5/2013 6:50 AM
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Have then sign a binding waiver on assumed risk. Nobody is worth 5 million dollars.

homekid - 6/4/2013 10:52 PM
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Who's insurance concerns? The Airport or the Collings Foundation? They still do the Air Races,why not let the ones who can, take a ride on one of these awesome planes??? I don't get it either. More should be explained as to who and why. "Concerns" just doesn't cut it.

RussE - 6/4/2013 9:14 PM
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I can't believe the idiots at the Airport Authority! The Collings foundation did what they were asked and then the Authority decides to change the rules midstream. I saw a WWII veteran being told he wouldn't be able too fly. I was devastated for him, as I am sure as was he. My wife and I were also supposed to fly and couldn't. We probably will have a chance later in our life to do this but the WWII veteran probably won't. This is a huge black eye for the City of Reno. They told me they have never had these issues in any other airport in the country. Way to make us famous Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. I am ashamed to be a resident of Reno at the moment.

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