50 Vintage Aircraft Fly Over Washington, D.C. In An Astonishing Tribute
Arsenal of Democracy.
To mark the anniversary of the end of World War II a group of pilots gathered 50 vintage planes to fly over the National Mall. The World War II Victory Capitol Flyover featured one of the widest varieties of WWII era planes assembled including P-40 Warhawks, P-38 Lightnings, B-17 Flying Fortresses, P-51 Mustangs and many others taking to the skies above Washington, D.C. Hundreds of war veterans were in attendance to see the vintage aircraft and one Grumman TBM Avenger even attracted the attention of former President George H. W. Bush.
“[President George H. W. Bush] he flew torpedo bombers, TBMs Avengers during during the war. Was shot down in a TBM, in fact he’s been to see ours and he signed the propeller blade on that airplane so we’re kind of proud of that. And it’s interesting too because the President when you get him by the plane you can see the emotion just wash over his face and everything come back and he just starts telling stories.”
– Congressman Sam Graves
Thousands of spectators watched in awe as the planes flew above Washington, D.C. Over 20 different types of WWII aircraft took to the skies and displayed 15 types warbird formations for their Arsenal of Democracy Flyover. Footage shows a wide range of planes during the tribute and interviews with pilots of the aircraft.