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WWII planes fly over Pensacola Beach as tribute to WWII vets

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 10:57 PM CDT
    Roy Kinsey will be flying a vintage World War II plane over Pensacola Beach this weekend as a tribute to veterans.
    The World War II vets will get the best seats, right in the front. It'll make them feel like they're actually flying the plane.
    Something amazing in itself, these veterans are in their early to mid nineties.

"Talking with these guys, I've been amazed at their enthusiasm. And they are all very anxious to do this," said Kinsey. 

    More than 8,000 Stearmans were built and used to teach pilots the skills needed to fly high performance fighters and bombers.
    Not an easy plane to fly, it's only for experienced pilots.
    Some of the veterans being honored have actually flown a Stearman before.

"This represented a time in their training when they were learning. When they were able to make friendships with their fellow trainees."

    The flights will take off from Pensacola Aviation Center to Pensacola Beach.
    It'll then make three passes in front of the crowd. The flight will be about 30 minutes.

"The fact that we can do something like the Blue Angels air show is due to the fact, that these guys gave up five years of their lives during World War II. And literally fought for our freedom." 

    Honoring the veterans with a fly-over is something new for the air show this year, but a tradition they're hoping to continue.
    Kinsey hopes those watching will take a moment to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices these vets made, protecting our freedom.

"It is a lot of fun just to go out and fly and turn upside down over the beach. But the greatest pleasure I've had with it is flying World War II vets."
   
    The veterans will be flying high Friday before the dress rehearsal, and Saturday before the air show.

WWII planes fly over Pensacola Beach as tribute to WWII vets


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