TEMPLETON — Estrella Warbirds Museum and Templeton High School are proud to honor veterans, police, fire, and first responders with free entry (valid I.D. required) and a National Anthem flyover for the school’s first home football game on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The 4-ship flyover will include flight lead Scott Stelzle piloting a 1955 Navy T-34, right wing flown by Randy Wilber in a 1955 Navy T-28, and left wing flown by Jeff Quaid in a 1944 Navy SNJ. In trail, behind the formation will feature veteran of World War II, Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber, a C-47 piloted by Shane Wallace.
The 1943 Douglas C-47, pilots, and flight crew that included Wallace and Stelzle, successfully completed a two-month tour throughout the United States and abroad to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. The American fleet of vintage C-47s crossed the Atlantic and joined other C-47s from around the world for the Daks Over Normandy event crossing of the English Channel into France, June 2-8.
Estrella Warbirds Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft, vehicles, and artifacts, is located at 4251 Dry Creek Rd., Paso Robles. The museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and legal Monday holidays (President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day). For general admission during museum hours, visit www.ewarbirds.org. For more information on the flyover, contact Scott Stelzle at [email protected].
The C-47 is owned and operated by The Gooney Bird Group, LLC, a local nonprofit corporation.