Unique World War II formation to fly over Puget Sound region, including Edmonds

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

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 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.

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