Fight to the Finish Flyover – Houston, Texas on May 8th, 2020

The CAF Gulf Coast Wing's B-17 Texas Raiders flying over Houston. The Lone Star Flight Museum is organizing the Fight to the Finish Flyover in Houston, Texas on May 8th. Roughly 30 warbirds will fly a 120 mile arc over Houston landmarks; celebrating the 75th anniversary to the conclusion of WWII in Europe. (Photo by Luigino Caliaro)

While most air shows have been cancelled/postponed for the foreseeable future, some aviation events are taking place. The Lone Star Flight Museum has planned a special flyover event in Houston, Texas on May 8th to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. Although it won’t be an air show per se, it will be a welcome opportunity to help celebrate the lives and sacrifices of the Greatest Generation in a meaningful way. We must obviously be very careful to respect the health needs of our communities, especially in these times, but it shouldn’t be too hard to watch the flypast in a socially responsible way. For more details on this event, please see the Lone Start Flight Museum’s press release below…

In honor of those that served and sacrificed during WWII, and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Lone Star Flight Museum and its supporting partners will fly nearly 30 rare and historic warbirds over the City of Houston in an epic aviation event called the Fight to the Finish Flyover.

Take off will occur at 11:45 a.m. from Ellington Airport. The aircraft will fly a 120-mile flight plan over the skies of the Greater Houston area. This historic flight will last just over one hour, landing back at Ellington Airport at approximately 1:10 p.m. We will be flying over Pasadena, the San Jacinto Museum & Monument, University of Houston, Downtown Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy, Acres Homes, Houston National Cemetery, Spring-Cypress, Cinco Ranch, Mission Bend, West Memorial, West University Place, Bellaire, Missouri City, Alvin, Pearland, Friendswood,  Dickinson, Kemah and many communities within the flight plan.

The fleet of more than two dozen historic warbirds will include a B-25J Mitchell, HU-16 Albatross, P-51 Mustang, P-63 King Cobra, SB2C-5 Helldiver, the CAF Tora Group, C-45 Expeditor, T-6 Texan, BT-13 Valiant, L-17 Navion, T-34 Mentor, Yak-52 amongst others…

The Lone Star Flight Museum’s SBD Dauntless flying in formation with the CAF’s SB2C-5 Helldiver. ( Photo by Luigino Caliaro)

All partners have volunteered their time and resources to make this event possible. Some of the organizations involved include the CAF Houston Wing, CAF Gulf Coast Wing’s B-17G Texas Raiders, CAF Highland Lakes Squadron, Wings Over Houston Airshow, Signature Flight Support, Houston First, Iheart Media – Houston, individual warbird owners, pilots and volunteers.

An event program will be available at the week of the flight for download.

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