Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover On Friday, September 25th, 2020, join us to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day). Arsenal for Democracy is a 501(c)(3) organization established under the sponsorship of the Commemorative Air Force.

Tax ID 74-1484491.

Tax ID 74-1484491.

Operating as usual

11/09/2020
Lt. Col. Bob Vaucher reunites with the B-29 Superfortress

This Veterans Day we would like to thank those who served to defend our country and our freedom. This year the Arsenal of Democracy was honored to have Lt. Col. Bob Vaucher, World War II veteran and B-29 Superfortress pilot as the Honorary Air Boss during the event.

Watch in this video as Lt. Col. Vaucher climbs aboard B-29 Superfortress "Doc" for a trip back in time.

___
If continuing to commemorate the end of World War II and America’s great contribution to an allied victory is important to you, learn more and support this program at www.ww2flyover.org.

At 10:00 AM EDT we will present a video tribute including the rarest WWII aircraft and interviews with veterans particip...
09/26/2020

At 10:00 AM EDT we will present a video tribute including the rarest WWII aircraft and interviews with veterans participating in the Arsenal of Democracy. Unfortunately the weather is not going to safely allow the aircraft to fly today through Washington DC airspace. Since our authorization to fly through that restricted airspace will expire today, we won't be able to reschedule the flying portion of the program.

We're sorry we couldn't put on the flyover we'd planned, however we hope you enjoy the program streaming on our YouTube and pages which includes footage of the aircraft, crews, and veterans involved in the Arsenal of Democracy event. We thank you all for your support and understanding.

We also would like to thank our presenting sponsors the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation and Department of Defense.

At 10:00 AM EDT we will present a video tribute including the rarest WWII aircraft and interviews with veterans particip...
09/26/2020

At 10:00 AM EDT we will present a video tribute including the rarest WWII aircraft and interviews with veterans participating in the Arsenal of Democracy. Unfortunately the weather is not going to safely allow the aircraft to fly today through Washington DC airspace. Since our authorization to fly through that restricted airspace will expire today, we won't be able to reschedule the flying portion of the program.

We're sorry we couldn't put on the flyover we'd planned, however we hope you enjoy the program streaming on our YouTube and pages which includes footage of the aircraft, crews, and veterans involved in the Arsenal of Democracy event. We thank you all for your support and understanding.

We also would like to thank our presenting sponsors the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation and Department of Defense.

#WW2Flyover

At 10:00 AM EDT we will present a video tribute including the rarest WWII aircraft and interviews with veterans particip...
09/26/2020

At 10:00 AM EDT we will present a video tribute including the rarest WWII aircraft and interviews with veterans participating in the Arsenal of Democracy. Unfortunately the weather is not going to safely allow the aircraft to fly today through Washington DC airspace. Since our authorization to fly through that restricted airspace will expire today, we won't be able to reschedule the flying portion of the program.

We're sorry we couldn't put on the flyover we'd planned, however we hope you enjoy the program streaming on our YouTube and pages which includes footage of the aircraft, crews, and veterans involved in the Arsenal of Democracy event. We thank you all for your support and understanding.

We also would like to thank our presenting sponsors the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation and Department of Defense.

Well, we tried, but we never got the weather visibility we needed for the #ww2flyover so today’s flight is off. The weat...
09/25/2020

Well, we tried, but we never got the weather visibility we needed for the #ww2flyover so today’s flight is off. The weather was supposed to clear in time but it never cooperated with us so we will try again tomorrow at 11:30am EDT. Stay tuned for announcements in the morning. When we know, you’ll know! Keep your fingers crossed. 🤞

Almost time for takeoff and a lot of folks are already pinging the website so we’re experiencing some traffic issues the...
09/25/2020

Almost time for takeoff and a lot of folks are already pinging the website so we’re experiencing some traffic issues there. Remember that you can watch the #WW2Flyover live here on the page too. That’s probably where you want to be so come join us on Facebook!!!

A great shot from yesterday's rehearsal from Jet A Aviation Photography!  The PBY falls into that "iconic" category of a...
09/25/2020

A great shot from yesterday's rehearsal from Jet A Aviation Photography! The PBY falls into that "iconic" category of airplanes, don't you think?

09/25/2020

So far the weather is a GO for today’s #WW2Flyover! The pregame show starts live on our page at 10:00am EDT and the flyover starts around 11:30am EDT!

Have a look at the ramp from yesterday to get an idea of the scale... and this is just one of our staging airports!

You may think it's all about the airplanes... but THIS is what it's all about. #WhyWeFly
09/25/2020

You may think it's all about the airplanes... but THIS is what it's all about. #WhyWeFly

Connie Palacioz of Newton, Kansas, poses with a section of the B-29 bomber "Doc" on which she did the riveting while the aircraft was being built by Boeing during World War II. "Doc" and another B-29, "Fifi," were to join dozens of other vintage aircraft in Friday's Arsenal of Democracy flyover of Washington, D.C. Palacioz noted with pride during a Thursday media event that when the aircraft was restored years after World War II, only seven of her rivets had to be replaced. Read the story at https://www.stripes.com/news/us/vintage-aircraft-set-to-fly-over-dc-friday-to-mark-the-anniversary-of-world-war-ii-s-end-1.646343
(Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

09/25/2020

Firefly crew member, Hans Klummer, shares why he’s involved in the #WW2Flyover...

A lot of you have asked about the route for the #WW2Flyover and rain contingencies.  Here's the route map for you.  And ...
09/24/2020

A lot of you have asked about the route for the #WW2Flyover and rain contingencies. Here's the route map for you. And if weather on Friday does make the flyover a no-go, the make up day will be Saturday at the same time, 11:30am EDT.

09/24/2020

Going for today’s #WW2Flyover practice flight with the P-40 Warhawk American Dream! We’ll take you along as long as we have signal so stay tuned. Remember once we’re in the air the signal can drop out but we’ll give you as much of a ride as we can!

Feeling cute. Might go fly a little, IDK. 😎Thanks to P-40 Warhawk American Dream for letting us tag along on today’s #WW...
09/24/2020

Feeling cute. Might go fly a little, IDK. 😎

Thanks to P-40 Warhawk American Dream for letting us tag along on today’s #WW2Flyover practice flight!

This morning we’re at the pilot briefing for our practice day. We can’t disclose the route, but watch for more coverage ...
09/24/2020

This morning we’re at the pilot briefing for our practice day. We can’t disclose the route, but watch for more coverage throughout the day!

#WW2Flyover

Have a look around and some of the aircraft who have made it in so far. This is not everyone, mind you! But you can see ...
09/24/2020

Have a look around and some of the aircraft who have made it in so far. This is not everyone, mind you! But you can see them ALL in the #WW2Flyover on Friday morning live here on our page! Pregame starts at 10EDT with the flyover starting at 11:30am EDT!

Have a look around and some of the aircraft who have made it in so far. This is not everyone, mind you! But you can see them ALL in the #WW2Flyover on Friday morning live here on our page! Pregame starts at 10EDT with the flyover starting at 11:30am EDT!

A BIG thank you to our friends at LiveAirShowTV for helping us bring he #WW2Flyover to you on Friday morning!  Tune in L...
09/23/2020

A BIG thank you to our friends at LiveAirShowTV for helping us bring he #WW2Flyover to you on Friday morning! Tune in LIVE on our page at 10am for the pregame show with the flyover starting around 11:30am EDT.

We're starting to countdown the hours until the Arsenal of Democracy National Mall Flyover on Friday! The LiveAirShowTV team is getting in place to bring you the complete and "official" presentation of these magnificent planes, to honor the Greatest Generation that built, flew and fought to keep us free!

Join us at 10:00am EDT for some wonderful videos that will lead up to the flyover starting at 11:30am EDT. Watch it here, or at ww2flyover.org

ICAS - International Council of Air Shows Commemorative Air Force General Aviation Manufacturers Association NATCA The Boeing Company WeLoveAero AirshowStuff OnBoard Images Attack Kid Productions U.S. Air Force and Space Force Recruiting Show Center The Airshow Podcast Rob Reider Air Show Announcer

Photo: Arsenal of Democracy/ NYONair

#flyover #warbird #wwii #ww2 #fighter #bomber #VEDay #VJDay #allies #Washington #aviation #aviationdaily #aviationgeek #instaaviation #instagramaviation

How’s THIS for a #WorkviewWednesday???
09/23/2020

How’s THIS for a #WorkviewWednesday???

09/23/2020

LIVE on the ramp - talking to Keegan with the Military Aviation Museum about all the aircraft they brought to the Arsenal of Democracy flyover.

The WASP Squadron AT-6 Texan known as "Nella" will be one of the aircraft featured in Friday's #WW2Flyover.  Nella was u...
09/23/2020

The WASP Squadron AT-6 Texan known as "Nella" will be one of the aircraft featured in Friday's #WW2Flyover. Nella was used for flight training WASP at Avenger Field during WWII. 1074 women received their silver wings as WASP during the war, flying over 60 million miles, transporting every type of American military aircraft, towing targets for gunnery practice, simulating strafing missions, transporting cargo, and more. Even so, the WASP were not considered part of the military at the time, and the women had to pay their own travel expenses and received no military benefits. The families of the 38 WASP lost in action had to pay for their own funeral expenses.

Finally, in 1977, legislation provided that WASP would be considered "active duty" for the purposes of programs administered by the Veterans Administration. Honorable Discharge certificates were issued to them in 1979. In 1984, they were finally presented with the World War II Victory Medal. And in 2016, they finally won the right to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

https://www.facebook.com/CAFWASPSquadron/posts/161179492296192

Nella’s trip to Washington D.C. for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover has been a real treat. Here’s a few photos from the Avenger Field veteran's stop in Kentucky where Gary Cox, FBO President at Big Sandy Regional Airport in Prestonburg and his grandson stopped by for an exciting visit.

Nella, WASP Squadron's AT-6 Texan, will join 70 military aircraft as part of this WWII victory commemoration flyover. Bookmark the event website now, so you can watch the flyover live Friday morning at 10:30 Central Time! Event website: https://ww2flyover.org/

If you happen to be lucky enough to be on a crew, with the press, or just nabbing a good photo spot, be sure to post you...
09/22/2020

If you happen to be lucky enough to be on a crew, with the press, or just nabbing a good photo spot, be sure to post your pics this week with the hashtag #WW2Flyover so we don't miss any of your shots!

Beth Ann Jenkins and Valerie Scott are flying the Commemorative Air Force B-25 Devil Dog to the #WW2Flyover this week.  ...
09/22/2020

Beth Ann Jenkins and Valerie Scott are flying the Commemorative Air Force B-25 Devil Dog to the #WW2Flyover this week. In addition to female crew members on aircraft, the flyover will also include the CAF WASP Squadron's AT-6 Texan, "Nella" to honor the contributions of female aviators to the war effort.

Looks like we have a Wildcat on deck!  The CAF Wildcat actually just returned from Hawaii and the commemoration of the 7...
09/22/2020

Looks like we have a Wildcat on deck! The CAF Wildcat actually just returned from Hawaii and the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the Japanese Surrender. It will join us for Friday's #WW2Flyover in DC, so that's quite a few miles both by air and sea (she was shipped from San Diego to Oahu and back)!

Tune in Friday morning for the live broadcast! The Pregame show starts at 10:00am EDT and the flyover at 11:30am EDT on September 25!

📸 Troy Fitting

Another aircraft en route for the #WW2Flyover this week is the Fairey Firefly which launched over the weekend.  Do you k...
09/21/2020

Another aircraft en route for the #WW2Flyover this week is the Fairey Firefly which launched over the weekend. Do you know what year the Firefly made its first flight?

Be sure to tune in for the Flyover LIVE on our page on Friday morning. Click here to set a reminder: https://bit.ly/33MWUGr

📸
Tim Fries

#MosquitoMonday One of the rarest planes you will see from the Military Aviation Museum is the de Havilland DH-98 Mosqui...
09/21/2020

#MosquitoMonday One of the rarest planes you will see from the Military Aviation Museum is the de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito, constructed almost entirely of wood, was affectionately known as “The Wooden Wonder.” This particular airplane, number KA114, was manufactured in Canada in 1945 but never saw combat action in the Second World War. In tribute to the New Zealanders responsible for the restoration, a 487 Squadron RNZAF color scheme was chosen and it was painted as EG-Y.

After being sold as surplus to a farmer in Alberta, Canada in 1948, it deteriorated in a farm field until 1978 when it was acquired by a Canadian museum. The Military Aviation Museum purchased the crumbling remains in 2004 and shipped it to AVspecs in New Zealand for restoration. A major obstacle was recreating the forms needed for the new wooden fuselage, wings, and tail sections. Glyn Powell, of Auckland, had spent nearly a decade building the 36 foot long molds for the fuselage alone.

Developed as a high-speed fighter with a two-man crew, this twin-engine aircraft is powered by dual original Rolls Royce Merlin engines and equipped with four replica machine guns and 20mm cannons under the nose. The Mossie was prized for its maneuverability and speed capability of over 350 mph.

Eight years of painstaking restoration work resulted in the long-awaited first flight at Ardmore Airport in September of 2012. Of approximately 30 projects and museum displays that remain worldwide, our Mossie was the only flying example of its type at that time.

Mike Spalding will be flying the Mosquito. He is a corporate pilot in Norfolk and a Warbird Demonstration Pilot with over 14,000 hours flight time. He has flown more than 150 different types of aircraft, with many of them being their first flights. Mike grew up around airports with his father and soloed his first airplane when he was 16. He learned to fly in the Civil Air Patrol and built his initial flight hours doing search and rescue for downed aircraft.

Today he owns a Beech-18, Stearman and a 210hp Globe Swift. To Mike, the Stearman is the perfect airplane, but his favorite airplane is whichever one he is flying at the moment. In 2002, he began piloting the museum’s Stearman. He also flies the museum’s Mosquito, FG-1D Corsair, FW-190, AD-4 Skyraider, TBM Avenger, Spitfire, FM-2 Wildcat, P-51 Mustang, Yak-3, Bf-109, PBY and others. Mike became the Chief Pilot for the museum in January 2011. He is an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA) and enjoys working on Warbirds when he is not flying them. #ww2flyover

Since today is the 78th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, it seems apropos to mention th...
09/21/2020

Since today is the 78th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, it seems apropos to mention that FIFI, from the Commemorative Air Force B29 B24 Squadron, is on her way to DC! She made an overnight stop in Little Rock yesterday and should be continuing on shortly. The other flying B-29, Doc, will also be here. Where else can you see BOTH flying B-29s in one place this year?!

📸 Curt Lewis

#SeaplaneSaturday Military Aviation Museum's Catalina is a combat veteran PBY was built by Consolidated in San Diego in ...
09/20/2020

#SeaplaneSaturday Military Aviation Museum's Catalina is a combat veteran PBY was built by Consolidated in San Diego in October 1943. The airplane’s original log books show that she was flown to Norfolk, VA and equipped for long range patrols in the Atlantic. Hunting submarines, rescuing Allied sailors and downed airmen was all in a day’s work for the airplane that was known affectionately by her crews as the Cat (or sometimes Dumbo because of her large high mounted wing).

The PBY was a flying boat designed for what was, at the time, a hypothetical future war in the Pacific, where a shortage of airfields meant that a successful bomber would likely have to be able to use the ocean itself as a runway. The airplane featured incredible endurance, being able to stay airborne for periods of more than 13 hours. Our PBY has one mission in its log book that took 19.2 hours!

PBYs would change the outcome of a number of major battles, spotting enemy ships and formations before battle plans could unfold. It was a PBY that located the German battleship Bismarck, a surface raider designed to attack Allied convoys in the Atlantic. It was a PBY that located the Japanese fleet steaming for Midway, setting the stage for the battle that would turn the tide of the war in the Pacific. It was also a PBY that discovered the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. Knowing there was not enough room inside the airplane for the survivors, the crew began ushering sailors up onto the wings to protect them from the threat of shark attack. Unable to fly with sailors on the wings, the PBY and her crew waited with the survivors until surface ships could arrive to help.

Flying the Catalina will be Bob Hill where he grew up near Rochester, New York. As a young child, Bob was fascinated with airplanes and spent hours watching old World War II movies and building World War II model airplanes. He never imagined that several of his favorite models, such as the B-25 Mitchell and B-17 Flying Fortress, were destined to re-appear in his adult flying career. He began flying during college in a D-18 Twin Beech.

Bob's professional career allowed him to operate many different aircraft, including carrying freight in the venerable DC-3. For many years, he piloted forestry air tankers, including the DC-4, CL-215, and CL-415. Bob has also flown many different seaplanes and was the first airman in the U.S. to receive a type rating in both the CL-215 and CL-415 water bombers. He is type rated in five large flying boats, and has flown over 110 types of aircraft. Bob has acquired over 14,000 hours, and holds the level of Airline Transport Pilot in all four classes of airplanes. He is a Certified Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes, instrument airplanes, and gliders. Bob is also a volunteer pilot for The Liberty Foundation and has over 1500 hrs in the B-17 Flying Fortress. Bob has been supporting the Military Aviation Museum’s aircraft operations since 2003 and pilots the B-25, PBY Catalina, and the TBM Avenger. #WW2Flyover

Address

1400 K St NW, Ste 801
Washington D.C., DC
20005

National Mall

General information

Flyover Formations Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover LINEUP OF WARBIRD FORMATIONS Trainer Formation “Pass in Review” with Boeing Stearmans, Piper L-Birds, North America T-6s/SNJs, and Cessna/Beech Twin Bomber Trainers Pearl Harbor/Flying Tigers with Curtis P-40 Warhawks Doolittle Raid with North American B-25 Mitchells Guadalcanal Campaign with Bell P-39 Aerocobras and P-63 Kingcobras Battle of Midway with Consolidated PBY Catalinas, Grumman F4F/FM-2 Wildcats and Douglas SBD Dauntless Yamamoto Shootdown with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings Ploesti Raid with Consolidated B-24 Liberators Fighter Escort for the Combined Bomber Offensive with North American P-51 Mustangs Big Week with Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses D-Day with Douglas C-47/R4D Skytrain and B-26/A-26s Marianas Turkey Shoot, Battle of Leyte Gulf with Grumman TBM Avengers, Grumman F6F Wildcat, Grumman F8F Bearcats and Curtis SB2C Helldiver Battle of the Bulge with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts Iwo Jima with Vought FG-1D Corsairs Final Air Offensive to Defeat Japan with Boeing B-29 Superfortress Missing Man Formation to “Taps” with a TBM Avenger leading a mix of Fighter Aircraft

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Arsenal of Democracy Flyover posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Arsenal of Democracy Flyover:

Videos

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

To honor the heroes who fought in World War II and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 25th, 2020 - the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day - as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.

The flyover will include dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 24 historically sequenced warbird formations overhead. The formations will represent the War’s major battles, from Battle of Britain 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 National WWII Memorial for a ceremony.


Comments

I have had the great privilege to work with these organizations( Liberty Foundation) doing living history events of wwll. Was looking forward to today as did I enjoy my view from the base of the Washington monument five years ago. The last time I saw civilian aircraft in the skies of our nation s capital was just before 9-11 from the left seat of the police helicopter I was assigned to. Thank you to ALL of you dedicated professionals whom put the great AMERICAN effort into this as did those whom did the same 75+ years ago. We will see this again because you all will make it happen. Thanks and KEEP EM FLYIN!
How long are the planes in the area? Can they be seen on the ground while here?
Thanks anyway but u gave me a fun moment. My father and his 4 brothers fought in WWII, my godfather Nick was awarded an air medal for combat action as a PBY radio operator. Being raised by those men in the aftermath of WWII, I've just naturally developed n interest in all aspects of WW II.------I had not gotten advance notice of the flyover! So imagine my surprise on Thursday around 10 am, when my house in the Virginia countryside was engulfed with the unmistakable sound of high performance rotary aviation engines, which did not fade away. I rushed outside and the sky was filled with 9 to 12 WWII aircraft! Well, I thought I had lost it for a moment, time to call the loony bin and find a nice room. Finally, I put 2 and 2 together and having remembered a previous flyover, did a google search and found this cite. So many thanks ! I am using your research tools to try to specifically identify the planes that were forming up over Western Loudoun County so the fun continues.
Are we still a go for take off at 10am?!?!
"FiFi" returning from a practice run on Thursday...
How’s it looking for today?
Good Morning! Please share, when could we expect to receive an update for today’s event? Thank you.
Update please?
We pray for clear sky
"Doc" returning to the field after a practice run on Friday...
A definite want to see. Postponed until Saturday
Watch Arsenal of Democracy #WW2Flyover Live stream online Visit web:https://livstrem.com/arsenal-of-democracy/ Well, we tried, but we never got the weather visibility we needed for the #ww2flyover so today’s flight is off. The weather was supposed to clear in time but it never cooperated with us so we will try again tomorrow at 11:30am EDT. Stay tuned for announcements in the morning. When we know, you’ll know! Keep your fingers crossed. 🤞