Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing hits the skies for Memorial Day

After several delays due to weather, the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing hit the skies for a Memorial Day flyover. People got to enjoy the sight of vintage aircraft soaring over the Austin skyline.

US Air Force veteran Buddy Park, along with several others, gathered at the Texas State Capitol, all waiting to catch a piece of history passing overhead.

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"It gives you chills in a way to see them still flying, it means a lot to me," Park said. "It's a really good way to remember the veterans who have passed in a Memorial Day setting. I'm glad to see it."

The Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing did a flyover in various vintage aircraft. Taking off from San Marcos, they flew over various parts of Austin, like the Capitol, hospitals, the Texas State Cemetery, and even over parts of Williamson County.

"It takes an enormous amount of work to keep those things flying," Park said. "Parts are hard to find, even the people who are experienced enough to fly them, there are very few of those now because they're in their 80s and 90s."

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The sight in the sky filled Parks with nostalgia for his time in the service. "I've flown in several of these. I was in a troop carrier down at Kelley Air Force Base and we flew the old C19 box cars and C124s all propeller planes back in those days and they are still a lot of fun to see the sound of the engines alone is a treat," he said.


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It wasn't all smooth flying on Monday, with the weather delaying take off multiple times.

"I was here closer to two hours overall but that's ok the delays don't bother me that much," Parks said. "And for seeing something like this I'm glad to wait."


For Parks, he says he's glad he ventured out of his home to catch a glimpse of something he's not sure when he'll see again. "They're a piece of history that's fading away really fast," he said. "I'm glad to see people watch them as they are disappearing."