Texas Flying Legends to honor WWII soldiers in Bangor

Posted June 15, 2012, at 6:47 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor International Airport and the Texas Flying Legends will join efforts to honor the the final reunion of the World War II’s 5th Armored Division and all veterans with a free air show 2-2:45 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Airport Maintenance next to the Maine Air Museum on Maine Avenue. The five World War II planes, including a B-25 bomber, a P-40K Aleutian Tiger, a P-51 and a Japanese Zero, will land at 11 a.m. and be on display until 4 p.m.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Sunday, and visitors will be able to see the planes up close beginning at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to being a lawn chair to watch the air show.

One person will receive a ride in a World War II plane during the air show on Sunday. The Hermon Junior ROTC is selling raffle tickets for the ride. Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance from Hermon Junior ROTC at 848-5436, at Cole Land Transportation Museum or the day of the air show.

The old aircraft, some of them with faces painted on the nose part of the plane, are “moving national monuments,” according to Hartland native Chris Griffith, president of the Texas Flying Legends Museum.

The group is based not only in Houston, but in Minot, N.D., and the Maine town of Wiscasset.

Griffith, who is licensed to fly both planes and seaplanes, has a special interest in the 75-year-old aircraft that played such a critical part during Allied efforts in World War II.

Sunday’s show won’t technically be an aerobatic show, which requires a special waiver. But the Legends have been working with several members of the Bangor International Airport staff including interim director Tony Caruso. The planes will fly the “missing man crew.”

Sunday’s activities also will include a nondenominational service at 9 a.m. at Cole Museum Road, 405 Perry Road.

Supporters for the four-day reunion include Darling’s Corporate Office, Brewer; Fairmount Market, Bangor; Hermon High School Junior ROTC; Cyr Bus Lines, Old Town; Holiday Inn, Odlin Road; Penobscot River Cruises; and Sports Arena Bar and Grill.

For information on Cole Land Transportation Museum, call 990-3600, ext. 13, or visit www.colemuseum.org. For information on the Texas Flying Legends, visit www.flyingfreedom.us.

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