History is in the Air!
CORONADO-The largest formation of military aircraft since WWII will fly over San Diego Bay in a history-making flight, Saturday February 12 at 1p.m., commemorating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The parade of flight will include aircraft from the earliest days of flight up through the latest, most modern tactical aircraft in Naval Aviation.
Rear Admiral Pat McGrath who leads the Centennial of Naval Aviation effort said, "One hundred years ago Naval Aviation was on the heels of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk. Here in San Diego, experiments with "hydroaeroplanes" set the stage for the flying machine to become an integral part of our Navy."
Today the evolution of technology has taken flight from the speed of a fast jog to well beyond the speed of sound. The inventory, missions and aircraft types have expanded to cover everything from transporting people and parts, to mountain rescue, combat operations and air interdiction.
"Even with all the innovation and technology improvements, America's Navy depends on what it has always relied on.brave and intelligent men and women who volunteer to serve their nation. With the inaugural Centennial event here we honor, celebrate and commemorate those who have and continue to "Fly Navy!"
Naval Base Coronado opens to the public at 8 a.m. and will offer ships tours, entertainment and static displays of aircraft where aircrew will be available to discuss their aircraft and more.
For the latest February 12th Parade of Flight and North Island Open House information, visit www.mwrtoday.com/cona
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