Historic warbirds take to skies to honor 75th anniversary of VE Day

Julia LeDoux
May 08, 2020 - 9:09 am
WWII planes

Commemorative Air Force

Editor's Note: The Houston flyover has been rescheduled to Sunday due to weather conditions today in Texas.

If you’re in Houston, Texas or Phoenix, Arizona today, be sure to look up!

The Commemorative Air Force is marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a flyover of vintage warbirds in the skies above those two cities.

In Houston, the planes will take off at 11:45 a.m. from Ellington Airport and will follow a 20-mile flight plan over dozens of communities in the city, according to a CAF release.

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“During this time of social distancing, it is important to take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our service members during World War II and honor their contributions to our freedom,” said Sam Bulger, development officer, CAF Houston Wing.

Three large aircraft will take off from Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona around 9 a.m. and fly over the Mesa/Phoenix/Glendale areas. Expected to participate in the flight is a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, and a C-47 Skytrain. Each of the aircraft was flown during World War II.

The flights are expected to last a little over an hour.  To learn more about the Arizona flight, visit www.azcaf.org. To learn more about the Houston flight, visit https://commemorativeairforce.org/units/41.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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