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Manassas Freedom Museum hosts weekend air show

Thursday - 5/5/2011, 2:20pm  ET

The museum's B-25 nose is set to go on tour at local schools. (WTOP Photo/Hank Silverberg)
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WASHINGTON - Tucked inside one of the region's busiest small airports is a museum hoping to get a boost with a new exhibit and sky-high event.

The Freedom Museum in the main terminal at Manassas Regional Airport gets about 7,000 visitors each year. Its latest acquisition -- the nose of a World War II-era B-25 bomber -- is about to go on tour.

"Our vision with that is to take it to the high schools and middle schools," says retired Navy Capt. Jim Porter, a volunteer at the museum. "We're going to have a re-enactor dress up as Jimmy Doolittle, and he's going to tell the story of the Doolittle Raid."

The cockpit of the nose is complete with gauges and shows a realistic picture of what World War II pilots used in the air, Porter says.

The museum also will be hosting an air show this weekend featuring helicopter rides and a P-51 Mustang. For more information on the air show, click here.

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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