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Preparations Underway for Nationwide Flyover by Vintage Aircraft
to Mark 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II in 2015
Goal is to promote preservation of WWII aircraft for future generations
(Monroe, LA) On December 20, 2013, a group of aviation heritage organizations are
holding a press conference to announce preparations commemorating the 70th anniversary
of the end of World War II with a nationwide flyover of WWII aircraft in communities
throughout America on the weekend of August 15I16, 2015.
The goal of the mass flyover is to pay tribute to the pivotal role American airpower played
during WWII and to remind the public of the importance of preserving the last remaining
planes of the era so they can continue to educate and inspire future generations.
The press conference is being held in Monroe, LA, the hometown of the legendary Gen.
Claire Chennault, whose famous “Flying Tigers” took to the skies over China on December
20, 1941, in the first counter attack against Japan after Pearl Harbor.
The press conference will be hosted by the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum (701
Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA, 71203) at 2:00 PM CST, followed by a reception at the historic
Selman Field, which was the site of the largest navigator training school during WWII. The
Southern Heritage Air Foundation, with the support of Green Light Development, is flying in
several WWII vintage aircraft for a flyover and display after the press conference.
“We are pleased and honored to be hosting this historic press conference here in Monroe,”
said Nell Calloway, Director of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, and granddaughter of
General Chennault. “My grandfather and the Flying Tigers helped lay the foundations for what was to
become the war in China and they are a fitting symbol for a movement to pay tribute to the
achievements of American Airpower during WWII.”
Calloway is a member of a steering committee made up of representatives from the History
Channel, the Air Force Association, the EAA Warbirds of America, the Commemorative Air
Force, air museums, WWII heritage organizations, aviation publications, and other groups
that are helping to promote participation in the 2015 nationwide flyover.
“Airpower was the decisive factor in winning the war and the source of technological
advances of the postwar era, including man’s exploration of space,” said Jerry Yellin, 89,
who flew the final combat mission of WWII in a P51 fighter on August 14, 1945, and is the
honorary co-chair of the steering committee. “We need to assure these precious aircraft are
maintained in flyable condition so that they can continue to educate and inspire the youth of
Other groups are developing plans for similar “signature” projects to commemorate the 70th
anniversary in 2015 that will honor the WWII legacy of the Army, the Seaborne Services, and the