Our FM-2 Wildcat will be flying in a special commemoration of the 80thAnniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway is considered by many to have been the turning point of the Pacific War, where four of the Japanese carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor were sunk in a single day. Paired with the Wildcat is Midway March, by John Williams. The march, written for the 1976 movie Battle of Midway, is American in spirit, with a jazzy nautical swagger, and fits squarely in the tradition of the great American marches.
Tribute to the Carrier USS Langley
The Wildcat will be joined overhead by the FG-1D Corsair, and AD-4 Skyraider alongside music from the famed documentary series Victory at Sea, originally broadcast by NBC. The music from Victory at Sea will be paired with flight demonstrations from the Museum’s historic carrier-borne aircraft, offering a tribute to the USS Langley (CV-1), the Navy’s very first aircraft carrier, commissioned 100-years ago this March.
The Doolittle Raid
Our B-25 Mitchell will provide a flying tribute to the men of the Doolittle Raid, performing alongside the Virginia Wind Symphony’s rendition of March of the Steel Men.
Tribute to the US Air Force
Joined in the air by the Museum’s P-40 Warhawk and P-39 Airacobra, the B-25 will also participate in a special tribute to the United States Air Force, marking its 75th Anniversary this year.
- A stirring performance from the PBY Catalina, paired with the classic American folk-tune Shenandoah.
- A celebration of Commonwealth Allies during WWII including the Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire, identified by some as the airplane that saved the world.
- An open flight line during intermission to get up close to the performing aircraft.
- A live performance of the service songs, celebrating all those who have served, and are serving today.
- Music from the 1954 film Dam Busters, celebrating the exploits of R.A.F.’s 617 Squadron and their attempts to destroy the dams in Germany’s industrial heartland using the ‘bouncing bomb’, a secret weapon invented by Barnes-Wallis.
- An exciting selection of music paired with Fireworks, including March of the Resistance by John Williams and Belle of Chicago by John Philip Sousa.
- B-52 Smokehouse BBQ
- Blackwater BBQ
- Little Piggy’s Wurst Nightmare
- Pittsburgh’s Best
- Courtney’s Kitchen 757
- Amma’s Curry in a Hurry
- Rita’s Italian Ice