CAF to Send Iconic Warbirds for Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

The Commemorative Air Force's Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey took part in the 2015 event, and will take part in the September 25th, 2020 Arsenal of Democracy Fly-Over as well. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

On Sept. 25, 2020, approximately 70 vintage aircraft will take to the skies over Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Arsenal of Democracy (AOD) Flyover will feature historically sequenced formations representing the war’s major battles – from the Battle of Britain through the final air assault on Japan.

More than 20 different types of vintage military aircraft are scheduled to fly in formations beginning over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The airshow is scheduled to begin at 11:30 EST with planes flying in two-minute intervals over the skies of the nation’s capital. The commemoration is expected to last approximately 70 minutes and will be live-streamed on the AOD’s Facebook page.

As a principle organizer of this historic event, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) – the world’s largest flying museum – will send 18 warbirds from 13 units across seven states to participate in the World War II Victory Commemoration Flyover. The CAF aircraft include a range of bombers, fighters and vital transport and support aircraft, all of which played crucial roles in World War II.

Participating CAF aircraft include some of the war’s most iconic warbirds, such as the:

  • B-29 Superfortress FIFI
  • C-47 That’s All, Brother 
  • P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen
  • B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey
  • T-6 Texan Nella
  • FM-2 Wildcat
  • FG-1D Corsair
  • P-51 Mustang Red Nose
  • TBM-3 Avenger
  • B-25 Mitchell Show Me
  • P-51 Mustang Gunfighter
  • L-5 Sentinel
  • P-40 Warhawk
  • B-25 Mitchell Devil Dog
  • P-39 Airacobra Miss Connie
  • B-25 Mitchell Yellow Rose
  • L-5 Sentinel Gayle Ann
  • TBM Avenger Doris Mae

“The CAF is dedicated to educating, inspiring and honoring through flight and living history experiences,” said Hank Coates, president, Commemorative Air Force. “We’re proud to serve as a principle organizer of the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to help ensure we recognize and remember the enormous sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.”

Founded in 1957, the Commemorative Air Force has amassed 175 World War II aircraft – the largest collection of vintage military warbirds in the world. Through the work of more than 11,000 volunteers across 83 units, the CAF’s educational outreach programs reach an estimated 20 million Americans each year, providing unique, compelling hands-on access to history.

For more information about the Commemorative Air Force, please visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

LIFT FEB 2020

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