Story and Photos By J. DOUGLAS HINTON
Warbirds ruled the sky March 11-13 when the Valiant Air Command Museum held its 34th consecutive airshow at the Space Coast Regional Airport near Titusville, Fla. With fine weather every day, attendance was estimated at 35,000-40,000 visitors, who were able to view 75 vintage aircraft from World War I on.
Memorialized at the show were the Flying Tigers, with one of the original members in attendance. Also celebrated was the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation.
Taking part in the afternoon air shows were AT-6s, a B-17, B-25, F4U, F-104, A-10, L-39, T-33, P-51, a C-47 with parachute jumpers, and the traditional mock air combat between Snoopy and the Red Baron. Then, to everyone’s delight, a B-2 stealth bomber made a low pass.
Next year the Doolittle Raiders will be honored at the air show, with a couple of the five remaining Raiders expected to attend.
For more information: VACWarbirds.org