4th of July Truckee Tahoe Honor Flyover
The 4th of July Honor Flyover will take to the sky on Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m. Warbirds will fly over Truckee and Tahoe communities to honor our nation’s independence and frontline workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The planned “parade in the sky” of military aircraft will feature the D-Day Squadron whose commemorative flyover missions continue throughout the nation, the last one covering over four Southern California counties on Memorial Day. The squadron plans to fly six DC-3 (C-47s) historic warbirds over Truckee Tahoe communities as a special gift supported by the Truckee Tahoe Air Show and Truckee Airport District.
The flyover is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will cover Truckee Tahoe communities flying over Tahoe Forest Hospital, all four shores of Lake Tahoe, Barton Medical Center in South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley and back to Truckee. The mission stretching 130 miles is expected to finish by 12:15 p.m.
THE PLANES WILL NOT BE ON DISPLAY at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Please do not come to the airport for viewing.
The lead aircraft for this mission is Gooney Bird Group Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber C-47, piloted by U.S. Navy veteran Sherman Smoot and Scott Stelzle. The progression will end with an Aeoranautica of Romania, IAR-823, Zlin “pulling up the rear.”
The flight path graphic is forthcoming and will publish on the Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival social media pages.
“Considering we had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Air Show & Family Festival due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Airport District Board supported funding an honor flyover as a gift to our community to celebrate July 4th with a parade of planes in the sky,” noted Tim LoDolce, executive director, Truckee Tahoe Air Show.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport complies with Nevada and Placer County Health Department guidelines to not have large public gatherings at the airport. Please note that aircraft WILL NOT BE ON DISPLAY.
The Truckee Tahoe Air Show, which annually takes place in July, will return in July 2021.