Nearly 70 warbirds to overfly National Mall September 25

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Waves of aircraft—from slower liaison and training models to faster bombers and transports—will take to the air over the National Mall corresponding to their assigned military roles. More than 20 different types of military aircraft are expected to participate in the ceremonial flyover, which was rescheduled from May 8, Victory in Europe Day, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A separate but smaller remembrance in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, occurred between August 29 and September 2.

Spectators can watch streaming programming from their homes or personal electronic devices starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The programming will include a narrative about participating aircraft such as Piper L–4 Grasshoppers, Stinson L–5 Sentinels, and Consolidated PBY Catalinas as they lead five classes of military aircraft down the Potomac River. A left-hand bank at the Lincoln Memorial will take the groups over the Mall at 11:30 a.m. spaced by two-minute intervals. The flights include a missing man formation to honor those who died in battle and exit with a right-hand turn near the U.S. Capitol.

A squadron of training aircraft makes the largest class of warbirds with eight Boeing Stearmans, eight North American T–6 Texans, five North American T–6 SNJ U.S. Navy variants, three North American T–6 Harvards, a de Havilland Tiger Moth, and a Fairchild PT–19.

The only two flying Boeing B–29 Superfortresses—Fifi and Doc—anchor a wing of strategic weapons that includes five Grumman TBM Avengers, four North American B–25 Mitchells, a Boeing B–17, a Douglas A–26 Invader, and a de Havilland Mosquito. Several Douglas C–47 Skytrain transports will pull up the rear including That’s All, Brother, which led the D-Day invasion over Normandy, France.

A formation of five North American P–51 Mustang long-range fighters recalls the red-tailed aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen and provides cover for the bombers just as the aircraft did 75 years prior. They will be joined by two Grumman FM–2 Wildcats, two Vought F4U Corsairs, two Curtiss P–40 Warhawks, a Supermarine Spitfire, a Grumman F8F Bearcat, a Hawker Hurricane, a rare Fairey Firefly, and an even more rare Bell P–39 Airacrobra.

The waves of military might reflect D-Day, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Bulge, the Guadalcanal campaign, the Doolittle Raid, the Chichi Jima incident, the Big Week, the Hump, Iwo Jima, Berlin, Pearl Harbor, and the Final Act that signaled the war’s end. The Civil Air Patrol,

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