Historic Flight Foundation to commemorate D-Day June 6-7

Jun 02, 2014
Courtesy of: Historic Flight Foundation Living historian pilots stand in front of Historic Flight Foundation's P-51 at an event in 2012.

A rare flyover of World War 11 planes will kick off a commemorative weekend at Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo to honor D-Day veterans.

Watch for a four-plane formation of vintage World War II P-51s as they fly over more than 30 cities in the Puget Sound region, including Mukilteo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

John Sessions of Historic Flight Foundation will lead in P-51B “Impatient Virgin,” the same aircraft that flew four sorties over Normandy on June 6, 1944.

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;” and Carter Teeters will fly P-51D “Upupa Epops” from Flying Heritage Collection.

This special formation will kick off a commemorative event on Saturday, 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.

The formation will depart Paine Field at 9 a.m. and fly over Mukilteo, Everett, Marysville, Stanwood, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Langley, Lynnwood and Edmonds.

At 11:30 a.m., the formation will land to refuel at Paine Field. Then, at noon, the planes will depart Paine Field again 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.

At 3 p.m., the formation will return and land at Paine Field.

For the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorative event on June 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Flight Foundation’s Kilo 7 will be transformed into a military encampment.

Walk “Company Street” and visit seven camps of living historians dressed in authentic uniforms of the D-Day period. There will be displays of tents, tanks, jeeps and equipment as examples of what our troops used 70 years ago.

U.S. Army Rangers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will arrive in Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters at 8 a.m. The Rangers decided to participate in this commemoration despite return on June 1 from their most recent deployment to Afghanistan.

On D-Day, Army Rangers secured the high ground above the beaches of Normandy, ensuring the invasion would not be driven back into the sea.

HFF will honor many surviving veterans of WWII expected to attend. Each will be introduced following a lunch in their honor. Veterans will be asked to recall their experiences.

In addition, The Kings of Swing will perform period music, aviation author Mike Lavelle will present “Allied Air Support, Operation Overlord,” and in tribute to surviving veterans, HHF’s B-25 and P-51B will take off for a memorial flight.

Tickets are $14 or a discounted $10 for students and $12 for senior citizens. Purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets or call Visitor Services at 425-348-3200.

The Historic Flight Foundation at Kilo 7 is at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. in Mukilteo. For more information, email airborne@historicflight.org or visit www.historicflight.org.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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