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Vintage planes replace military jets at Indy 500

- Associated Press - Sunday, May 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A group of vintage planes replaced fighter jets for the traditional military flyover before the start of Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Six privately owned World War II aircraft buzzed over the crowd as Christian singer Sandi Patty performed the national anthem. Fighter jets from the Indiana National Guard typically perform the flyover, but federal budget cuts grounded the military aircraft this year.

Sunday's flyover included a B-25 Mitchell twin-engine bomber and five T-6 Texan trainers. The aircraft were provided by the Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Squadron 18 and the Tri-State Warbird Museum.

B-25s were used for four months after the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.

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