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COVER: Housed at an historic hangar museum at the San Marcos Regional Airport, the CAF Central Texas Wing’s “Ghost Squadron” aircraft collection includes an air-worthy B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber christened the “Yellow Rose.” COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE PHOTO


The Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing based at San Marcos Regional Airport will be center stage this weekend for a regional celebration of the 70th anniversary of final victory in World War II.

Designated as Spirit of ’45 Day through an act of Congress, Aug. 15 marks exactly seven decades since Emperor Hirohito’s radio announcement that Japan would surrender unconditionally to Allied Powers. German leaders had formally surrendered a little more than three months earlier.

On Saturday morning, two formations of historical aircraft — an assortment of bombers, fighters and cargo planes — will depart the San Marcos airport and fly over landmarks in Austin, San Antonio and cities in between:

9:30 a.m.Texas Capitol (Austin)
9:31 a.m.University of Texas (Austin)
9:33 a.m.Camp Mabry (Austin)
9:40 a.m.Buda
9:42 a.m.Kyle
9:45 a.m.San Marcos
9:51 a.m.New Braunfels
9:57 a.m.Stinson Municipal Airport (San Antonio)
10:06 a.m.Lackland Air Force Base (San Antonio)
10:09 a.m.The Alamo (San Antonio)
10:10 a.m.Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio)
10:14 a.m.Randolph Air Force Base (San Antonio)
Note: Times are approximate and may change depending on weather or other factors.

Gates at the San Marcos airport will open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, in time for people to watch the armada of restored aircraft land and then taxi to the Cen-Tex CAF’s historic hangar, starting at about 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.

A ceremony at noon will honor World War II front-line and home-front veterans. The festivities will include activities such as museum and hangar tours; static aircraft displays; cockpit tours; car shows; food booths; the Rosie the Riveter Association; children’s activities and living history flight experiences.

The event concludes at 3 p.m. and guests will be asked to clear the hangar area and airfield so visiting pilots and crews can prepare for return flights home.

Spirit of ’45 Day activities in the Austin-San Antonio corridor are organized by the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing and the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce with cooperation from the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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