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U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Pilots Fly WWII P-51 Mustang Fighter in Formation Over New York Harbor to Honor Wartime Pilots

October 22, 2012

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –World-class aviators, including U.S. Air Force Thunderbird fighter pilots, commanded a legendary WWII P-51 Mustang and four Cessna Citation Mustangs to fly in formation over New York Harbor on October 20th and 21st to commemorate the legacy of wartime pilots. Jessica Ambats, award-winning air-to-air photographer and editor of “Plane & Pilot” Magazine, accompanied the flight to take photographs of the fly-overs.

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The planes traversed the Hudson River passing by the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and other historic landmarks around New York Harbor. The flights, which took place at dusk on Saturday, October 20(th) and dawn on October 21(st), left from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey following an Air Force Thunderbird-style briefing helmed by Dean ‘Wilbur’ Wright, former lead Thunderbird, A-10, F-117 and Harrier pilot.

Doug Rozendaal, experienced pilot of WWII-era fighter and bomber planes, flew the P-51 Mustang. Former U.S. Air Force Thunderbird fighter pilots and top formation pilots flew the four Cessna Citation Mustangs. The flight served as a tribute for WWII Ace pilot George E. Preddy, Jr., and all pilots who risked their lives to protect the United States in wartime. It also commemorated the historical, cultural and economic contributions that aviation has provided over the last 100 years. Additional photographs are available on request.

SOURCE Jessica Ambats Photography

Source: PR Newswire