Flyover by 4 WWII-era airplanes to kick off weekend airshow

June 7, 2018

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A fly-over involving four World War II-era airplanes is planned in western New York to kick off this weekend’s airshow in Niagara Falls.

Officials with the 914th Air Reserve Wing based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station say the vintage warplanes will to fly in formation over portions of the Buffalo-Niagara region starting around noon Thursday.

The flight includes a P-51 Mustang fighter plane, a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, an F4U Corsair fighter and a Douglas C-47 transport plane nicknamed “Whiskey 7.”

Whiskey 7 is based at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo in western New York. The plane dropped American paratroopers behind German lines during the D-Day invasion that began 74 years ago this week.

The Thunder of Niagara International Airshow is being held Saturday and Sunday at the Air Reserve Station.

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