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MOAA Supports World War II Flyover

MOAA Supports World War II Flyover
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Nearly 100 vintage warplanes will fly along the Potomac River and across the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 8 during the Arsenal of Democracy 75th World War II Victory Commemoration Flyover.

 

The event — supported by MOAA — will include the P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Airacobra, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, and B-17 Flying Fortress flying in 24 formations, representing major battles of the war and marking Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.

 

The flyover will be part of a broader two-day event that will include a ceremony for veterans at the World War II Memorial. The Eisenhower Memorial dedication will be held the same day.

 

“This is such an important milestone in world history,” says MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret). “MOAA is proud to support the commemoration.”

 

This is the second Washington, D.C., flyover Arsenal of Democracy has planned. On May 8, 2015, the group held a similar event for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. This year’s event will include nearly double the number of aircraft.

 

For more information about the flyover, visit www.ww2flyover.org.

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Laural Hobbes
Laural Hobbes

Hobbes has edited several award-winning features for Military Officer magazine. Before joining MOAA’s team, she was an editor at the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Md.