Warbirds Over the Beach – May 15th-17th, 2015

The Military Aviation Museum's Hawker Hurricane takes flight at the 2014 Warbirds Over the Beach air show. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Military Aviation Museum's Hawker Hurricane takes flight at the 2014 Warbirds Over the Beach air show. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Military Aviation Museum’s Hawker Hurricane takes flight at the 2014 Warbirds Over the Beach air show. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

WarbirdsNews has oft-touted this amazing event, but in case you needed a reminder the Warbirds Over the Beach air show will take place at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Virginia this coming weekend (May 15th-17th). Friday, May 15th is the practice day, so the flying will be fairly informal, but every bit as exciting. There is also a steak dinner with great period music and dancing on the Saturday evening (although dance only tickets are required if not attending the airshow- Click HERE).

Members of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team await boarding their Curtiss C-46F Commando troopship in Pungo, Virginia during the Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show in 2013.  (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Members of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team await boarding their Curtiss C-46F Commando troopship in Pungo, Virginia during the Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show in 2013. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

Warbirds Over the Beach is one of the most intimate air shows anywhere in the US, and allows the visitors to get up close to the aircraft, both in the static display areas, and alongside the runway as well. The beautiful grass airstrip, set against the trees provides a perfect photographic opportunity for even the least experienced photographer to capture a fabulous image of aircraft taking off and landing.

John Fuentes flying the Military Aviation Museum's FG-1D Corsair. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
John Fuentes flying the Military Aviation Museum’s FG-1D Corsair. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

The flying schedule is relatively informal and aircraft take off and land regularly, but there are so many other fascinating things to see at the show varying from the myriad re-enactors’ camps, to the original WWII Luftwaffe hangar, filled with German aircraft.

At the 2014 Warbirds Over the Beach, WWII Pacific Theatre combat veteran Jerry Yellin recounted his harrowing tale of flying his P-51 Mustang during the closing days of WWII, and the sadness of losing his wingman on the very last day of the war. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
At the 2014 Warbirds Over the Beach, WWII Pacific Theatre combat veteran Jerry Yellin recounted his harrowing tale of flying his P-51 Mustang during the closing days of WWII, and the sadness of losing his wingman on the very last day of the war. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

WWII veteran pilots can often be found to chat with at tables set up in the main hangar. There’s also a faithful replica of a WWI-era hangar packed with several dozen replica WWI aircraft as well.

The deHavilland Mosquito during a particularly spirited pass of the airfield during the Friday practice flight in 2014. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The deHavilland Mosquito during a particularly spirited pass of the airfield during the Friday practice flight in 2014. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

The show will feature many of the amazing aircraft in the Military Aviation Museum’s collection, including their ultra-rare flying deHavilland Mosquito FB.26. The Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will also be sending their Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless and P-51D Mustang “Red Nose”. Both aircraft, and others, will be available to give rides to the visiting public (following a suitable donation). The Military Aviation Museum’s Stearman biplane will also be available for rides, alongside Bay Aviation’s PT-19. Click HERE for details on how you can go flying! Warbirds Over the Beach is easily amongst the best air shows in the world, and the Military Aviation Museum is amongst the top flying museums as well…. If you haven’t been yet, GO!!!

The Dixie Wing's P-51D "Red Nose" will be attending Warbirds Over the Beach fresh from her triumph at the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover event in Washington, DC. Several of the Military Aviation Museum's aircraft also took part in this mammoth undertaking to celebrate the end of WWII. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
The Dixie Wing’s P-51D “Red Nose” will be attending Warbirds Over the Beach fresh from her triumph at the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover event in Washington, DC. Several of the Military Aviation Museum’s aircraft also took part in this mammoth undertaking to celebrate the end of WWII. To buy rides in the P-51 or SBD Dauntless click HERE .(photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

To buy rides in the P-51 or SBD Dauntless click HERE .

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