Published: Feb 28, 2013 7:42 AM EST
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 10:44 AM EST

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - This weekend, Southwest Floridians have the chance to learn more about World War II, from the cockpit of a Warbird from that era.

History Flight is visiting the Punta Gorda Airport Friday through Sunday. The organization promotes American aviation and its importance during WWII.

The airplanes, beautifully restored, are literally flying museums, and the flights themselves raise funds to search for and help bring back home America's Missing in Action from WWII. 

Also happening tihs weeked at the airpot, the 4th Annual Warbird Weekend. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.  to 2 p.m. folks can look at planes on display and fly-bys. Featured Warbirds are expected to include: B-25, P-51 Mustang, TBM-Avenger, OV-1 Mohawk, F9F-Bearcat, Yak-9, L-39, O-2, C-45, PT-17, BT-13, T-6, T-28, T-34, Bulldog, Chipmunk.

Visitors can reserve their ride in an AT-6 or a Strearman at www.historyflight.com. At last check, Saturday's and Sunday's openings were booked up, but Friday is available, and Monday flights are a possibility if there is demand for them. 

Warbird Weekend tickets can be purchased at the gate at $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family.

For more info visit www.floridawarbirds.org or call (941) 639-6188.