In honor of Memorial Day, four World War II-era planes will journey over San Antonio neighborhoods on Monday. 

Lewis Air Legends, an organization dedicated to preserving and maintaining historic aircraft, collaborated with the City of San Antonio for a 30-minute airshow to honor those who died during their military service.

This is the second flyover San Antonians will get to enjoy in the span of two weeks; the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds visited on May 13.

Rod Lewis, CEO and founder of oil and gas business Lewis Energy Company, founded Lewis Air Legends and pilots those planes as well. He makes it his priority to mark Memorial Day, according to a news release.  

“I feel it’s very important to honor those that served and fought for our freedom, and those who flew these wonderful flying machines,” Lewis said in a statement Friday. “The meaning of ‘freedom’ is more important than ever and for that reason we fly our fleet in remembrance of these heroes.” 

Lewis and pilot Stewart Dawson will be flying the B-25J Mitchell, while pilots Jim Dale, Bruce Winter, and Gordon Richardson will man the three P-51 Mustang fighters. 

The planes will start at noon Monday over the Interstate 10 and Loop 1604 corridor. They will then fly south to Kelly Field, turn north, and finish their route over Fort Sam National Cemetery with a missing man formation.

People are encouraged to maintain social distancing while looking up for the four planes on Monday. The schedule may be changed, or the event may be canceled due to inclement weather.

The route of the Lewis Air Legends flyover on Memorial Day. Credit: Courtesy / Lewis Air Legends

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.