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Betsy's Biscuit Bomber takes part in 'SoCal Strong' Memorial Day Flyover mission

Posted at 2:19 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 21:28:44-04

The Estrella Warbirds Museum is saluting veterans and frontline health care workers.

Pilots Sherm Smoot and Scott Stelzle flew WWII C-47 Betsy's Biscuit Bomber over Southern California as part of the 'SoCal Strong' Memorial Day Flyover Mission.

"The Memorial Day Formation Flight will be symbolic for many reasons. But importantly, it was exactly one year ago from this Memorial Day that Sherman Smoot and I flew this historic plane over the North Atlantic to Normandy, commemorating those who were lost in the fight for our freedom during WWII, 75 years ago on D-Day. Monday's flight is a way to put this Covid pandemic behind us as we honor the new heroes that helped us get through these dark days," said Stelzle, who is the Estrella Warbirds Museum chief operations officer and co-pilot of Betsy's Biscuit Bomber.

The plane is a featured display at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles, which is reopening its doors to the public on Thursday after being closed since March.

It will operate on its usual schedule Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People can learn about military planes and the history of military aviation at the museum.