With fireworks shows in the valley canceled this fourth, the planes of the Condor Air Squadron will bring a patriotic flyover to Encino Saturday night.
According to Chris Rushing, squadron president, four vintage WWII aircraft will fly over the west valley at approximately 6:35 pm over Encino, 6:45 pm over Woodland Hills and 6:45-6:55 pm over Calabasas.
The planes are North American AT6 Texans, single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, US Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s.
The Condor Squadron is a group of aviation enthusiasts dedicated to preserving the memory of those who have served our country. One of their main activities is memorial flights in the restored trainers.
After WWII ended the venerable old planes were often assigned to National Guard and other units for training purposes. In 1962 several members of the 146th Fighter Group formed the Condor Squadron as a search and rescue unit of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Condor Squadron usually fly formation for parades, celebrations and memorials. For more info, visit condorsquadron.org.