Seen from West Seattle: P-51s’ D-Day anniversary flyover

June 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Thanks to Gary Jones for sharing photos from the P-51 Mustang flyover previewed here last night – scheduled to wrap up right about now at the Snohomish County home of the Historic Flight Foundation, which coordinated it in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day today. The warplanes flew over downtown around noontime:

Click the top photo to open a similar view at twice the size. (And thanks again to Bob, who gave us the heads-up about this!)

ADDED 5:48 PM: A view from Jim Clark:


  1. P-51: Cadillac of the Sky!

    Comment by cjboffoli — 3:00 pm June 6, 2014 #

  2. Wish they had buzzed over Alki…they were a little too far off to be seen…nice shots with your big lens though.

    Comment by Chris — 5:17 pm June 6, 2014 #

  3. I love old warbirds

    Comment by JimClark — 5:25 pm June 6, 2014 #

  4. Lucked out and saw them approaching Boeing Field. Seems they aren’t slow flyers becuase they were Hauling it FAST. They may have been doing a flyover (buzzing) of the field. Beautiful bright livery on all three. And sparkling clean. Thanks Veterans!

    Comment by Admiral935 — 7:00 pm June 6, 2014 #

  5. They are capable of a top speed of 437mph

    Comment by Jim Clark — 7:57 pm June 6, 2014 #

  6. Good to hear. And thanks for the photo’s Jim and, Gary. Another fine coverage from the blog…

    Comment by Admiral935 — 8:30 pm June 6, 2014 #

  7. Saw them today during lunch. Awesome to see and hear. Love how they sound, love how they look.

    Comment by Mike — 8:34 pm June 6, 2014 #

  8. Great work to keep these plans flying. My grand sons are WW 2 war plane fanatics and would love to view these P51 and other planes ( 17′s ? ) up close. Is there a club of museum in the Seattle area that exhibits these planes.

    Comment by v t mills — 10:06 pm June 6, 2014 #

  9. Seattle’s Museum of flight is one good Museum, At Everett there is Flying Heratige Collection and Historic Flight both of which fly most of their planes

    Comment by Jim Clark — 10:30 pm June 6, 2014 #

  10. even though my mom helped build P-40′s (the workers’ slogan was ‘Drink 10, P-40; guess you had to be there. I still have a crucifix she made from the plexiglass scraps), the P-51 was always what I flew in my dreams … until the F-86 and F-100 came along (I guess guys can be fickle too.)
    vtmills – the two places in Everett Jim clark mentioned are at Paine Field; one of the smaller towns up north (Arlington? Darrington?) has an air show every summer featuring vintage planes.)
    The Hydroplane Museum in Kent refurbishes old thunderboats that used the same Merlin, Allison or Rolls Royce engines WWII planes used. You might also check what is on display at the Museum of History and Industry on south Lake Union.

    Comment by bob — 2:40 am June 7, 2014 #

  11. It’s the Arlington Fly-In and historically it’s been the third largest general aviation event nationally, after Wisconsin’s Oshkosh and Florida’s Sun ‘n’ Fun. This year’s dates are July 10-12 (Thursday-Saturday).
    - Biplane rides
    - Hot air balloons
    - Aerobatic routines
    - Aircraft displays
    - RV camping
    - Camp with your airplane
    - Outdoor movie night

    Details at Just go!

    Comment by Pibal — 6:41 am June 7, 2014 #

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