The event was to start at 2PM on Wednesday. I arrived near 2:30PM to folks staring at a parking lot of Cessnas – not really prime WWII airplane viewing conditions.
As it turns out, the planes were arriving from Redding, CA – but were slowed by cloud cover.
Somewhere after 3PM – the P-51 took a victory lap over town and landed. A few photos later – and it was back up in the air with a client on board.
At around 5:3oPM – after some waffling (wait for B-17 or try later?) and a quick call to Jeff (a local pilot) – I was off to the north end of the runway and a 20 minute wait.
As it turns out – both the B-17 and B-24 take long low approaches (another tip from Jeff). By waiting on the road at the approaching side of the runway – I was able to get a few photos of the landing plane (a thought planted by another photographer earlier in the afternoon). After the plane was on the ground – I zipped back over for a few last shots.
Bottom line: if you have any interest in WWII aircraft – check out the Wings of Freedom tour. Their schedule can be found here.