June 6, “70th Anniversary of D-Day,” Historic Flight Foundation
To mark this important day, Historic Flight Foundation has organized a very rare “Diamond Four” formation of P-51 Mustangs to visit cities and towns throughout Western Washington on June 6th, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Lead by Historic Flight Foundation’s D-Day veteran (four sorties over the beaches of Normandy), P-51B “Impatient Virgin,” the formation will launch from HFF at 9 a.m. and conclude operations at approximately 3 p.m. with a noon-hour tour of downtown Seattle. Special visits include Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Gray Army Airfield. Operations will extend as far north as Bellingham, as far south as Olympia.
The Flyover of Kingston will be celebrated at Mike Wallace park, Port of Kingston from Noon to 3:00 PM. Captain Michael Wettlaufer, Commanding Officer USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) has been invited to be the Keynote Speaker.
While assigned to the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Captain Wettlaufer conducted various A-6, FA-18, and T-45 flight test projects. He also served as test pilot and instructor at the Empire Test Pilots’ School on exchange with the British Royal Navy. While in the UK, he flew numerous aircraft including the Jaguar, Hawk, Hunter and Tucano.