Saturday, April 1, 2017 10 am Museum Opens - B-25 about 11:45 at VA's fence
April 1 is the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders leaving NAS-Alameda for Japan in 1942
IT IS OFFICIAL. B-25 is coming. 3 loops over the former airfield. BE AT THE FENCE AT END OF SEAPLANE TARMAC 11:30 TO 12:00 NOON. Not a landing, 500′ elevation fly over. Bring cameras and earplugs. No shade or chairs provided. DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED. Should plane be delayed (mechanical), we will know before the scheduled arrival, adjusting the presentation times to fit. Plane MUST arrive by 1:00 or flight is abandoned. FLIGHT PATH is South to North.
♦ Learn about the Raiders and Jimmy Doolittle AMQ_2017_March_JimmyDoolittle
♦ The US Fish and Wildlife will share about the conservation efforts for the endangered Least Tern bird.
♦ The Veteran’s Administration will update us on plans for new VA Hospital.
Fly over will be over in 15 short minutes. VA will open the gate to allow walking on the very runway the RAIDERS used to get to W. Tower for trip to Pier 2. Museum is open at 10 am to view the special exhibits, get souvenir button (your “ticket”) for Walk/Talk at 1:15 pm at #77, when we’ll head over to Pier 2 to re-imagine the 16 B-25s being hoisted onto the USS Hornet CV-8 that left for the secret mission to Japan on April 1, 1942.
DONATIONS needed to help pay for the FLY-OVER. The cost is almost $9000. Support history. If you “Look Up, Donate a Buck”, or more. Checks payable to ANAM. Credit Cards accepted at Museum, 10 am on Saturday. No discounts for seniors or kids on April 1, sorry. Limited edition buttons and afternoon refreshments part of the $10. However, if you pay admission, you can visit the museum ANYTIME in April to take your time to see and learn about Jimmy and the Raiders. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (FREE). Period attire and military dress appropriate & appreciated. This event with fly over is a once in a lifetime event. There have been no planes flown over NAS-A since 1996.
Commemorative Airforce So. Calif. link www.cafsocal.com