The Cascade Warbirds’ historic military aircraft took to the skies over Puget Sound on Friday, in honor of the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe during World War II.
Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, marks the Allied forces’ formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945.
To honor the 75th anniversary, a dozen vintage airplanes departed Arlington Municipal Airport about 12 p.m. The squadron planned a route over the cities of Marysville, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, Seattle, Burien, Tukwila, SeaTac, Des Moines, Federal Way, Fife and Tacoma.
A nonprofit group of more than 250 aviation enthusiasts, the Cascade Warbirds’ aims to honor veterans, encourage aviation education and promote the preservation and display of historic military aircraft. It’s motto, “Keep ‘em flying,” refers to ex-military aircraft, known as “warbirds.”
Friday’s event was coordinated by Cascade Warbirds Commander John “Smokey” Johnson.
The Puget Sound-based chapter is part of the Warbirds of America. From about May through September, members display and operate their aircraft. The rest of the year, they meet at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Take-off Arlington Airport 11:30
Initial Join Up 11:40
Naval Base Everett 11:45
Paine Field 11:50
Seattle Waterfront 11:58
Boeing Field 1201
I-5 & I-405 Tukwila 12:05
I-5 & Hwy 16 12:08
McChord AFB/Gray Army Airfield 12:13
Tacoma Industrial Airport 12:18
Bremerton National Airport 12:26
Landing Bremerton National Airport 12:31