For the upcoming Wings Over Camarillo Air Show happening on August 18 and 19, a group of legendary fighter pilots will be honored at the Camarillo Airport. The three types of iconic aircrafts will be available for viewing at the air show – the P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang and the P-40 Warhawk.
The 325th Fighter Group, also known as the Checkertail Clan because of the yellow-andblack checked pattern painted on the tails of their planes, will be featured at the event. The Checkertail Clan will celebrate its 67th reunion at the show. The group has one of the best Army Air Force combat records of World War II.
Wings Over Camarillo President Don Miller said the decision to recognize the Checkertail Clan is about more than aerial tricks and flybys. “It’s a chance to honor the fliers and reflect on what it took to win World War II,” Miller said. “It’s the way it ought to be,” Miller said. “As this event has grown over the last five or 10 years, it’s taken on a greater importance for the residents of Camarillo.”
Some of the proceeds from the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show will benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s scholarship program for high school and college students. Proceeds also go to the Ventura County 99’s, a nonprofit organization of women pilots. Miller said partnerships with different community groups are an important aspect of the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show.
Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Flight demonstrations run from noon to 4:30 p.m. each day and feature aerobatic routines with more than 80 aircraft, including vintage planes, experimental, and World War II fighters, bombers and transports. The show will conclude with a formation flight display above the crowd. Miller expects about 10,000 people to be at the show each day.
General admission tickets for the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show are $15, and children under 12 are admitted free. For more information and tickets, visit www.WingsOverCamarillo.com
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