Flyover Recalls Doolittle
The restored B-25 plane took three loops over the former Alameda Naval Air Station runways in front of an estimated 250 cheering fans of all ages at the Alameda Naval Air Museum (ANAM). The B-25 flew out of the Southern California Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo, Calif.
To celebrate the anniversary ANAM hosts wore period attire, and transported visitors in antique automobiles and military jeeps the half mile to the end of the seaplane tarmac. After the B-25 departed, the gate was opened allowing people to walk onto the very runway that the Raiders used to fly into Alameda.
A relative of one of the raiders, Jim Bowers of Colorado, presented Marshall Davis, the leader of the history walk, with a replica of the Medal of Honor that was given to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle after the raid.
Susan Euing of USFWS gave a presentation on the endangered Least Tern and John Majerle of the VA gave updated plans for construction of the hospital and columbarium.
In all, ANAM reports almost 200 people paid to visit museum exhibits, have refreshments, hear Marshall Davis’ lecture and completed the historical walk with a visit to Pier 2.
For those who missed it, a video of the day featuring B-25 footage is currently under production.