Captured in Flight

August 29, 2020 – Flying over my building last Saturday, this World War II era airplane, was part of the air parade that circled the island of Oahu. The air parade of WWII era fighters, bombers and trainers were flown for the 75th observance of the end of that war, which occurred in September 2, 1945.

Because of COVID-19 almost none of the events were open to the public, though some were streamed live on video. The only thing I saw were 3 or 4 of the 15 planes that flew over this area. I only got this one half decent shot of the flyover.

The plane shown in this photo is a Consolidated/Boeing Canada PBY Catalina, which is similar to 38 of them that were stationed in Honolulu on December 7, 1941. All but six of them were destroyed during that infamous air attack that launched the United States into  World War II.

This plane like all the others flown for this parade were shipped in from the mainland earlier in August.

The 15-plane aramada also flew two other aerial parades on Oahu, all on the west side of the island on August 31 and September 2.

For best result click on the photo and view it at the large size.

The video below is from Hawaii News Now.


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.