Stealth fighter, WWII plane to fly over Air Force Marathon

For the first time, a stealth fighter jet and an historic World War II fighter are expected to fly over the Air Force Marathon in September, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The F-22 Raptor, one of the Air Force’s most advanced stealth fighters, and P-51 Mustang, a pivotal fighter plane flown in World War II, also will adorn runners’ medals, T-shirts and patches, according to the marathon.

Traditionally, a featured Air Force aircraft flies over to mark the start of the race. Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer said details are still being worked out on the fly over.

“It is the first time we’ve had two featured aircraft,” he said in an email.

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In a statement, marathon director Rob Aguiar said the two aircraft symbolize the Air Force’s 70th anniversary, which will be marked at the series of races this year.

The marathon attracts 15,000 runners across the nation and around the world to run full- and half-marathons and a 10K race Sept. 16 beginning and ending at the National Museum ofthe U.S. Air Force. A 5K race is set for Sept. 15 on the campus of Wright State University.

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