Today marks the 70th anniversary of the World War Two Allied victory in Europe (Victory in Europe Day – May 8th. 1945). One week ago I saw a fine tribute of respect to the men and women who served in the USAF and USAAF before them, including those who eventually dominated the skies over Europe in World War Two.
No North American airshow that is a salute to the veterans would be complete without a USAF Heritage Flight display. Planes of Fame 2015 offered a beauty on the Friday preview day. 3 World War Two era North American P-51 Mustangs made up of a rare early model Allison V-1710 engined P-51A “Mrs. Virginia” along with the more familiar Rolls Royce Merlin engined P-51C “Boise Bee” and P-51D “Spam Can” took off to join up in formation alongside a USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter.
The USAF Heritage Flight made a number of formation passes along the crowd line and then came from behind the crowd for a big finale. The pilots completed a fantastic tribute to all those who served and continue to serve their nation.
Following the flight, the formation passed over the crowd again but this time it included a North American B-25 Mitchell “Photo Fanny” that was being used as a camera ship to take photos of the heritage flight. Quite a significant part of aviation history took to the skies that day and I am glad I was there to see it happen.