Arsenal of Democracy: Warbirds over DC Friday Morning

*** UPDATE ***

Due to poor visibility, today’s commemorative flight has been postponed. The flyover has tentatively been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26. Please check the links below for further announcements.

Arsenal of Democracy


* * * * *

WASHINGTON — On Sept.25, 2020, approximately 60 World War II aircraft, will take to the skies over Washington,D.C. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The warbirds will fly in historically sequenced formations representing the war’s major battles – from Battle of Britain through the final air assault on Japan and concluding with a missing man formation.

The formations will fly in two-minute intervals at an altitude of 1,000 feet. More than 20 different types of vintage military aircraft are expected to participate in the flyover. Aircraft are being provided by multiple organizations and individuals whose mission is to preserve these historic artifacts in flying condition. Some of the historic aircraft expected to participate include the P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Airacobra, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, and many others.

The live-streamed broadcast, with narration, will honor this historic anniversary and pay homage to those who served on the front lines and on the home front during World War II will begin at 10:30a.m. Eastern at or on Facebook at

The event organizers of the Arsenal of Democracy are General Aviation Manufacturers Association(GAMA), National Air Traffic Controllers Association(NATC), International Council of Air Shows(ICAS) and the Commemorative Air Force.

Schedule for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover activities

Thursday, Sept. 24Engine start to landing from about 10:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Eastern Practice flights around Northern Virginia.

Friday, Sept. 25 Engine start to landing from about 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.Eastern The World War II Victory Commemoration Flyover formations are scheduled to begin over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The airplanes will fly north to south down the Potomac River and then east along Independence Avenue and over the National Mall at approximately 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

The event will be live-streamed on the AOD’s website, Facebook and YouTube social media channels. For those in the Washington, D.C. area, the flyover may also be viewed from locations along the flight route. Plans call for a narration to be broadcast at the National World War II Memorial and selected areas along the Mall.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the Arsenal of Democracy website here.