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A fleet of World War II-era planes performed a flyover of the state of Arkansas Saturday, May 9, 2020 to recognize first responders and health care professionals battling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The planes were over El Dorado at about 12:45 p.m. Local first responders and health care providers gathered at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, which the fleet flew two laps around. Steuart Walton, chairman of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's economic recovery task force, as well as director of Walmart and a pilot, led the fleet, which includes the last airworthy F2G Goodyear Super Corsair 1944 in existence and three North American P51 Mustangs. Friday marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over Axis powers in WWII. The Mustangs were used in the European front to counter German Luftwaffe forces, while the Corsair was utilized in the Pacific front as an interceptor to Japanese kamikaze planes.
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