Update/correction: Unique World War II formation to fly over Puget Sound region, including Lynnwood, on Friday, June 6

historic-flight-300x199A four-plane formation of vintage World War II P-51s will fly over Seattle and more than 30 participating cities, including Lynnwood, on Friday, June 6.

The formation will launch from the Historic Flight Foundation at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to fly over Veterans Park in Lynnwood at approximately 9:07 a.m.

The community is encouraged to visit Veterans Park, located at 44th Ave W & Veterans Way (194th St SW) Friday morning to view this historic flight.

The flyover will kick off a commemorative weekend at Historic Flight Foundation to honor D-Day Veterans

Greg Anders of Heritage Flight Museum will fly P-51D “Val Halla.” Mark Peterson will visit from Boise, Idaho to join up in P-51D “Hell-er Bust.” Carter Teeters will fly P-51D “Upupa Epops” from Flying Heritage Collection. John Sessions of Historic Flight Foundation will lead inP-51B “Impatient Virgin,” the same aircraft that flew four sorties over Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The unique formation also will kick off a commemorative event on June 7 at Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most important days in U.S. history.

Nicknamed “their little friend” by Allied bomber crews in World War II, the P-51 Mustang emerged in 1942 as the fast, high-altitude fighter to escort bombers deep into enemy territory and turn the tide of losses sustained during long-range missions.

Here is the schedule:

WHEN: 9 a.m. – The formation departs Paine Field in Mukilteo and flies over Everett, Marysville, Stanwood, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Langley, Lynnwood and Edmonds.

11:30 a.m.– The formation lands to refuel at Paine Field.

12 p.m.– The formation departs Paine Field for Lake Forest Park, Woodinville, Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, New Castle, Kent, Federal Way, McChord Air Force Base, Gray Army Airfield, DuPont, Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island, Belfair, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Kingston.

3 p.m.  – The formation lands at Paine Field.

For more information, see www.http://historicflight.org/

Updated at 11:35 a.m. June 5 with information about flyover in at Lynnwood’s Veteran’s Park. 

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5 Comments

  1. where can I find the rest of the schedule?

    • The press release provided a schedule from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and did not have any other activities. You might want to check out http://www.historicflight.org

  2. historicflight.org seems to be saying the flights will happen on June 6, not on the 7th as this article says. http://historicflight.org/hf/

    • Our apologies. The flyover event over the Puget Sound will be on Friday, June 6. There will be a commemorative event on June 7 at Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo that honors the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

  3. As a German immigrant, I find these annual reminders of Germanys’ miserable failures to be offensive. My uncles died trying to make Europe German, and something in my soul cringes whenever a B-17 rattles overhead or a pack of Mustangs screams over the treetops. Pity they can’t get a ‘109 to mock dogfight the ’51s like they did in the Merced Air Show back in the (?) 80s. Unlike all the other immigrant groups in America – no one really cares if the Germans are offended ;)…

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