Vintage WWII flyover will highlight the 4th

Due to challenges and restrictions faced with COVID-19, the 4th of July around Laguna Beach will have a different feel this year.

Fireworks shows, that in the past have drawn thousands, are taking a pass. For most people, the holiday will restrict people to customs of the past, like small family backyard barbecues.

One larger event does remain on the calendar, a flyover that’s scheduled in the late afternoon of July 4th over Orange County coastal cities, including Laguna Beach. The flyover will feature four World War II AT-6 aircraft, courtesy of the Condor Squadron Officer’s and Airmen’s Association.

Vintage WWll AT 6 relics

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Courtesy of the Condor Squadron

Four vintage AT-6 World War II relics will fly over Laguna Beach on Saturday, July 4 at around 5:45 p.m.

The Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by a group of WWII fighter pilots. They maintain a museum at the Van Nuys Airport and the Portal of The Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation at the Valhalla Cemetery in Burbank.

The AT-6, as designated by the United States Army Air Corps, is a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots during World War II and up into the 1970s.

The estimated times, plus or minus a few minutes, are: Huntington Beach, 5:25 p.m.; Newport Beach, 5:35 p.m.; Laguna Beach, 5:45 p.m.; Dana Point, 5:50 p.m., and San Clemente, 5:55 p.m.