On Saturday, July 4th the Commemorative Air Force Rio Grande Valley Wing based at Cameron County Airport will be honoring our country’s independence with flights over Laguna Vista, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island. Their effort is part of a nationwide event sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force entitled United We Fly- Fourth of July. The regional flight will depart at noon from Cameron County Airport and fly over South Padre Island from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The flight is scheduled to have four aircraft: a PT-26, PT-22, AT-6, and PT-17. These aircraft are all World War II-era aircraft types used to train pilots during World War II.
Local volunteer David Hughston said “Our goal is to get as many of these iconic World War II airplanes in the air at the same time across the country in a salute to America’s 244th Birthday. Even though the cost and effort to maintain these aircraft is extremely high, we are committed to preserving this history and contributing to our hometown in every way possible.”
People are encouraged to share any videos or images captured of the flyover on social media. To get a map of the flight, more information, or support the local groups operations, please visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/caf-rio-grande-valley-wing.
Due to factors such as weather or mechanical issues, specific aircraft and schedules are subject to change without notice.