Atlanta Warbird Weekend cancels Sunday events at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

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Atlanta Warbird Weekend cancels Sunday events at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

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Vintage plane prepares for takeoff Saturday under sunshine and cloudy skies at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The plane was part of the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend. (Brian O'Shea / bposhea@ajc.com)

The Atlanta Warbird Weekend exhibition has canceled its Sunday events, ending a day early because of an approaching tropical storm.

Organizers of the event at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee said in an emailed announcement that ending early seemed best for "our guests, honored veterans, staff, and the vintage aircraft in attendance." 

Light sprinkles of rain and overcast skies Saturday morning gave way to sunshine by the middle part of the day, allowing flights by a B-17 Flying Fortress and replica of the red-tail Mustangs flown by the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a unit of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. The program, which began Friday and ended Saturday, including talks and appearances by surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The flag of the Tuskegee Airmen flew with the U.S. flag. (Brian O'Shea / bposhea@ajc.com)

In addition to the aircraft fly-overs, the event included a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, marking their 75th anniversary, and a variety of World War II era planes and exhibits. The weekend is organized as an educational event by the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, based in Peachtree City.

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