May 8th Postponed to September 25th
There has been an update to the website https://ww2flyover.org/flyover-formations/
-Civil Air Patrol - 4 L-4s (Chuck Tippett, Art Nalls, Kirk Wicker, Steve Taylor), 2 L-5s (CAF), L-16 (John Corradi)
-Trainer formations - Stearmans, Tiger Moths, L-Birds, T-6s, Cessna/Beech twin trainers (no specifics named)
-Battle of Britain - 4 Spitfires (Yagen, Stars of History, Stuart Walton, Comanche Fighters) and 3 Hurricanes (Yagen, Vintage Wings of Canada, Dakota Territory Air Museum)
-Pearl Harbor - 5 P-40s (Yagen, Dakota Territory Air Museum, CAF, American Airpower Museum, Warbird Adventures)
-Doolittle Raid - 8 B-25s (no specifics named)
-Midway - 2 PBYs, SBD (no specifics named)
-Guadalcanal - 2 FM-2 Wildcats (CAF, Yagen) P-39 (CAF)
-Attacking Berlin - 2 Mosquitoes (no specifics named)
-Yamamoto Intercept - 2 P-38s (no specifics named)
-Battle of the Atlantic - PBY, TBM, Firefly (no specifics named)
-Clandestine Ops. - Lysander (no specifics named, Vintage Wings of Canada has the only airworthy Lysander in North America right now)
-Dambusters - Lancaster (no specifics named, CWHM Lancaster is the only airworthy one in North America)
-Ploesti Raid - B-24 (no specifics named, most likely Diamond Lil)
-Long Range Fighters - P-51s (no specifics named)
-Big Week - B-17's (no specifics named, 5 were mentioned on the flyover facebook page)
-D-Day - C-47s (no specifics named)
-Air Battle Over Chichi Jima - 4 TBM Avengers (no specifics named)
-Battle of Leyte Gulf - SB2C Helldiver, TBM, Hellcat, A-20 (no specifics named, there is only one airworthy Helldiver (CAF), and A-20 (Lewis))
-Battle of the Bulge - 2 P-47s (Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Erickson) 2 A-26s (Tim Savage, Jed Doggett)
-Iwo Jima - 4 Corsairs (CAF, Yagen, Tobul, Frank Kimmel)
-The Hump - C-46 (City of Monroe), 2 C-47s (Yankee Air Force, Dynamic Aviaiton), C-54 (Berlin Airlift), L-26 Aerocommander (CAF). “Columbine II” is mentioned in the write-up but not specifically as participating, likely depends on if the plane will be airworthy in time.
-Bearcats - 2 Bearcats (no specifics named)
-Final Air Offensive - 2 B-29s Doc and Fifi
-Missing Man Formation - Corsair (Stars of History), P-51 Lopes Hope (Dakota Territory Air Museum), FM-2 Wildcat (Dakota Territory Air Museum), Spitfire (Dakota Territory Air Museum)
Note both P-47s, A-20 and Connie "Columbine II" are no longer listed. The Lysander is listed with no info, though someone who would know on WIX says it's not going.
This lineup is actually incredible and I don't know how an airshow can't get this? Is there any sort of appearance fee paid to these guys? Just the sheer fact that there are going to be that many Spitfires and that Walton and Friedkin are actually sending aircraft makes my head spin.kalamazookid wrote: ↑Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:47 pmI really wish somebody would do an airshow on this scale or at least have all of the aircraft displays open to the public. To me, an airshow with this lineup would blow GML 2007, which I still consider the best warbird show I have ever attended, out of the water. The flyover will be spectacular but it would be even better if there were opportunities to see all of the aircraft on display rather than just 20 at Reagan the day after the event. Still going to be awesome for those who are able to get to downtown D.C. to watch the flyover! This will be a great tribute to the anniversary.
Just completed my first serious readthrough for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the end of World War II in Europe. I'm honored to be the voice of this significant event.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the full lineup of World War II heroes participating in a historic panel discussion during the Arsenal of Democracy Victory Gala was announced. The gala, which precedes the May 8th Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, will provide a unique opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of WWII experiences from the heroes themselves. During the flyover, aircraft formations will be sequenced to commemorate major battles fought on the land, sea and in the air in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation.
Award-winning broadcast journalist David Hartman will lead the discussions between two panels of WWII heroes. The first panel will focus on the European Theater and panelists will include - Brigadier General Charles McGee (U.S. Army Air Corps and USAF), Colonel Bud Anderson (U.S. Army Air Corps and USAF), Lieutenant Colonel David Hamilton (U.S. Army Air Corps and USAF) and Flight Sergeant Bob Middleton (Royal Canadian Air Force). The second panel will focus on the war in the Pacific Theater. Panelists will include an original Rosie the Riveter – Connie Palacioz, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Vaucher (U.S. Army Air Corps and USAF), Commander Dean Laird (U.S. Navy) and Sergeant Paul Hilliard (U.S. Marine Corps).
At the age of 18, Connie Palacioz, joined the workforce at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, as a riveter on the B-29 Superfortress during WWII. She was part of the team that manufactured the B-29 “DOC”, which will participate in the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover on May 8th.
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Charles McGee served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He is a Tuskegee Airman and holds the record of 409 combat missions flown while serving in three wars.
During WWII, U.S. Air Force Colonel Bud Anderson was assigned to the 357th Fighter Group. He is one of America’s top WWII Aces, scoring over 16 victories in a P-51 Mustang.
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel David Hamilton was assigned to the 436th Troop Carrier Group during WWII. He participated in many missions, including being one of 20 pathfinder aircraft commanders preceding more than 800 transports dropping paratroopers into Normandy on D-Day. He also led C-47s for supply drops to the 101st Airborne at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert Vaucher flew 117 combat patrol, bombing, mining and photography missions during WWII, including leading the largest in-trail assembly of 454 B-29s over a single target during the war. He also served as Mission Commander and lead pilot for the American “Show of Force Flyover” when 525 B-29 Superfortresses flew over the Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945.
U.S. Navy Commander Dean Laird served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He is the only Navy Ace to score victories in both the European and Pacific theaters of WWII.
During WWII, Royal Canadian Air Force Flight Sergeant Bob Middleton was assigned to the No. 6 Bomber Group operating from Yorkshire, England. He flew 10 missions on Halifax bombers and 23 missions on Lancaster bombers during WWII.
U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Paul Hilliard served as a radioman and gunner in SBD Dauntless dive bombers in the Pacific Theater of WWII. He currently serves as chairman of the National World War II Museum board.
The Arsenal of Democracy Victory Gala will honor, remember and celebrate the heroes who fought and served in the global conflict in the air, on land and sea, those who worked and sacrificed on the home front, and those who suffered the horrors of the Holocaust. This event will take place in the historic Signature TECHNICAir Aviation Hangar 7 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Individual seating and tables for the gala are available for purchase at https://ww2flyover.org/about-the-flyover/victory-gala/
For more information on the Arsenal of Democracy and the 75th World War II Victory Commemoration Flyover, please visit the following websites: https://www.75thwwiicommemoration.org/ and https://ww2flyover.org/about-the-flyover.
This can been officially announced now.
There were a bunch of warbirds that were planning to go to Hawaii in September for a flyover there - I wonder how much overlap there was and if this will impact it now.
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