WWII Mustangs will fly over Veterans’ Memorial Field June 6
June 3, 2014
Come out June 6 to watch a rare “Diamond Four” formation of World War II P-51 Mustangs fly over Veterans’ Memorial Field.
Several area senior living communities are planning to bringing their resident veterans to the event, which is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Amante, Las Margaritas, Stan’s BBQ, Mandarin Garden Restaurant and Top Pot Donut. The Issaquah Singers will also perform at the event at 120 Second Ave. N.E.
Although the “time over target” depends on air traffic control, the planes should fly over Issaquah at 12:55 p.m. Check www.issaquahpress.com Friday morning for the final flight time.
The four-plane formation of vintage planes flyover, over more than 30 cities, will kick off a commemorative weekend at the Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo to honor D-Day veterans.
Greg Anders, of the 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 the Flying Heritage Collection. And John Sessions, of the Historic Flight Foundation, will lead in P-51B “Impatient Virgin,” the same aircraft that flew four sorties over Normandy on June 6, 1944.
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.
The formation will depart Paine Field in Mukilteo at 9 a.m. and fly over Everett, Marysville, Stanwood, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Langley, Lynnwood and Edmonds. The planes will land to refuel at Paine Field at 11:30 a.m.
At noon, the formation departs Paine Field for Lake Forest Park, Woodinville, Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Newcastle, Kent, Federal Way, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Gray Army Airfield, DuPont, Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Gig Harbor, Vashon Island, Belfair, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Kingston. The planes will return to Paine Field at 3 p.m.