If you’re in the Houston metro area on Sunday, May 10, look up! From 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Central time, some 30 rare and historic warbirds will fly over the city of Houston and the surrounding area to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of World War II in Europe, which marked a significant turning point in the long battle.
The 120-mile flight plan for Flight to the Finish Fly Over is designed to allow each neighborhood in the Greater Houston area to see the warbirds from their homes. The planes will depart and land at Ellington Airport.
The warbirds scheduled to fly include the B-25 ‘Devil Dog’, P-51 Mustang, C-45 Twin Beech, T-6 Texan, BT-13 Valiant, L-17 Navion, and T-34 Mentor. The Grumman HU-16 Albatross, P-63 King Cobra, SB2C Helldiver, and the CAF Tora Group have not been confirmed yet.
The program, which will be held virtually, includes presentations of life on the Homefront, the bravery of the warfighters on the front lines, the innovations that came from the war, and ultimately, the success of the Allied effort during World War II.
Download the flight plan and program (PDF).
Parking will not be allowed at the airport or at the Lone Star Flight Museum because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone interested in the event in the Greater Houston area is urged to stay at home and watch from there.
For everyone not living in Houston who wants to see the program, the entire event will be streamed on the Lone Star Flight Museum’s Facebook page and Instagram account.