World War veterans ready for flights over Pensacola Beach air show

The owners of vintage Stearman aircraft plan to fly 26 World War II veterans over Pensacola Beach during the Blue Angels Air Show June 9-10. 

Roy Kinsey, a Pensacola attorney and Stearman owner, organizes the annual flyover. 

Kinsey said the veterans range in age from 89 to 101. 

Ten Stearman owners and the owner of one BT-15 Valiant are providing aircraft for the event. They will fly the aircraft to Pensacola from locations throughout the Southeastern United States. 

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Kinsey began flying the World War II veterans during the 2011 air show and the event grew.

In 2016, 10 Stearman owners flew 24 pilots during the two-day show. 

The flights are a way to pay tribute to the World War II aviators and to give the thousands of people attending the show a glimpse of aviation history, Kinsey said. 

Most of the veterans who have flown with the group have an aviation background. 

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Kinsey said one of the men who will fly this year flew fighter planes in both North Africa and Burma during World War II. 

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