From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 22): 66 aircraft to do flyby for PAF's 66th anniversary
In honor of its 66th founding anniversary, 66 Philippine Air Force (PAF)
planes will be conducting a flyby over the skies of Clark Air Base, Pampanga on
Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol, PAF spokesperson, said the flyby, weather
permitting, shall consist of nine T-41D Mescaleros, three S-211 jet aircraft,
two OV-10 Broncos, two Aermacchi SF-260TP, three NOMADs, three Fokker F-27,
three Lockheed C-130s, six UH-1Hs, one Sikorsky S-76A, one Bell B-205
helicopter, one Huey II, six W-3A Sokols, and four MG-520 attack choppers.
Expected to grace the occasion are President Benigno S. Aquino III,
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Armed Forces
of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.
This year's fly-by is larger by 23 aircraft than the 43 participating planes
in last year's 65th anniversary of PAF.
The PAF was founded on July 1, 1947, two years after the end of World War
II. It can trace its lineage to the Philippine Army Air Corp which was
established in 1941.
Under the leadership of then Capt. Jose Villamor, Filipino fighter pilots
flying obsolete Boeing P-26 "Peashooters" managed to down three
Japanese aircraft during the first days of World War II before being
overwhelmed by the superior invading force.