To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day a diverse array of World War II aircraft flew above the skies ofWashington, D.C.onFriday, May 8, 2015. Called the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, dozens of World War II aircraft flew in 15 historically sequenced warbird formationsin one of the largest overhead displays. The formations represented the War’s major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation. Never before has such a collection of WWII aircraft been assembled at one location, to honor the large assemblage of veterans gathered at the WWII Memorial for a ceremony. (Adapted from the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover website)
This event is very unusual for a number of reasons. In today’s age of terrorism and aircraft security, the airspace around the center of Washington is highly restricted, so to get permission to fly here is rare. Of course, the President was out of town on this day. Here is the route of the flight.
The first aircraft were early biplanes and light spotter planes.
The remainder of the planes are shown in random order here, but you can see the actual sequence of aircraft on the website listed at the end of this blog.
This was just a selection of the many aircraft involved; there were even more in this hour long event. Following this flight, the aircraft were on display for the weekend at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport.