Organizers of the Newport Bucket Regatta are counting on the spectacular display of vintage aircraft to attract the local community to the waterfront in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Bucket Regattas, held in Newport and St. Barth’s.
The ninth annual Newport Bucket Regatta, which will be held Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, will include a grand finale of legendary WWII airplanes buzzing the skies from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. on both days.
The Texas Flying Legends, who are making a debut in Newport, will feature six rare WWII vintage aircraft including Last Samurai, one of only two Japanese Zeros still flying in the world; the FG-1D Corsair Whistling Death; the P-40K Aleutian Tiger; two P-51D Mustangs Dakota Kid II and Little Horse; and the Mitchell B-25 Bomber Betty’s Dream. A public viewing will be available at the Quonset Air Museum from noon to 7 p.m. both days of the Airshow and will include access to the planes and pilots along with a viewing of the launching (approximately 4 p.m.) and recovery (approximately 5 p.m.).
The Newport Bucket is the sister regatta to the St. Barth’s Bucket held each spring and is known for a legendary combination of thrilling superyacht racing and memorable shore-side celebrations. With 20 yachts registered to compete in Newport, including J Boats Velsheda and Ranger, the 37 meter Dubois/Fitzroy Moonbird, 42 meter Frers/Royal Huisman Hyperion and 35 meter Fontaine/Holland Jachtbouw Whisper, the regatta will once again host some of the world`s finest racing yachts, fiercely competing for the highly-sought-after tin bucket award.