World War II Victory Capitol Flyover

b17_aluminum_overcastAn historic event is planned in Washington, D.C. In honor of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe),

From the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover:

The Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover will include 15 historically sequenced warbird formations traveling across our nation’s capital—from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol. The Flyover will feature over 70 warbirds [ED: including EAA’s B-17 – Aluminum Overcast!] representing the major battles of World War II, from Pearl Harbor to D-Day, ending with a final Missing Man Formation to “Taps.” Never before has such a collection of WWII aircraft been assembled at one location—a fitting tribute to the men and women at home and abroad responsible for this Victory in 1945. The Flyover is set to start at 12:10 p.m. and last approximately 40 minutes.

From Warbirds News:

As part of a thrilling three-day celebration in the nation’s capital, the May 8 event will coincide with a ceremony for veterans at the World War II National Memorial, followed by a vast assortment of World War II aircraft flying overhead in historically sequenced warbird formations. The formations will represent the War’s major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and conclude with a missing man formation to “Taps.”The event will also be commemorated in a special May issue of Air & Space magazine dedicated to the airplanes and airmen who fought in World War II that will feature historic “spotter cards” of the aircraft. These cards will be used by students and others to identify the aircraft in the flyover and to learn more about the history of World War II.

NOTE: It is our understanding that many of the aircraft participating in this historic event will be based at Manassas Regional Airport, including our own B-17 — Aluminum Overcast. Exactly what EAA Chapter 186 will be able to do in terms of normal tour stuff — especially selling rides and ground tours that weekend — is yet to be determined. We’ll keep you posted!