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70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe World War II Flyover

Authentic World War II aircraft flying over Washington DC

Friday May 8 2015 marked the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe during World War II. To mark the importance of this event in history there was a organized flyover of Washington DC's World War II monument which included several different type of aircraft that were utilized during World War II.
This was the first time several of these aircraft have actually flown again since the end of the war in 1945. The aircraft fly in different formations which represented different actions and events that transpired during the war such as Doolittle's Raid and the dropping of the first Atomic Bomb which brought about Japans surrender and the end of the most devestating war the world has ever seen. If you want to know more about the flyover and the planes here is the link:

http://ww2flyover.org

WWII aircraft formation that represented the aircraft that were used for training new pilots

WWII aircraft formation that represented the aircraft that were used for training new pilots

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks.  Known as "The Flying Tigers"

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks. Known as "The Flying Tigers"

A bomber with its fighter escort in the distance approaching the Washington DC area

A bomber with its fighter escort in the distance approaching the Washington DC area

formation of B-25 Mitchells.  These were launched off a aircraft carrier and used to bomb Tokyo after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Minimal damage was done, but the psychological factor to the Japanese showing them that we could bomb  Tokyo was enormous

formation of B-25 Mitchells. These were launched off a aircraft carrier and used to bomb Tokyo after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Minimal damage was done, but the psychological factor to the Japanese showing them that we could bomb Tokyo was enormous

P-38 lightning.  This is the plane that was used to ambush, shoot down, and kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.  Yamamoto personally planned the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 which lead the US to enter the war.

P-38 lightning. This is the plane that was used to ambush, shoot down, and kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Yamamoto personally planned the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 which lead the US to enter the war.

C-47 Cargo transport and aircraft used for paratroopers

C-47 Cargo transport and aircraft used for paratroopers

A-26 Invader

A-26 Invader

A-26 Invader after it flew over me

A-26 Invader after it flew over me

P51 Mustangs.  You had no problem hearing them flyover!

P51 Mustangs. You had no problem hearing them flyover!

F4U Corsairs

F4U Corsairs

B29 Superfortress on approach to the World War II memorial and Washington Monument

B29 Superfortress on approach to the World War II memorial and Washington Monument

B29 Superfortress.  Both Atomic bombs dropped on Japan were from B29's stationed at Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands.  The sound of the B29 as it flew over was incredible.  This plane was certainly a crowd pleaser!

B29 Superfortress. Both Atomic bombs dropped on Japan were from B29's stationed at Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands. The sound of the B29 as it flew over was incredible. This plane was certainly a crowd pleaser!

Flyover concludes with the last formation of planes flying in the "Missing man" formation as TAPS is being played. The Missing Man formation serves to remind us of those who sacrificed their future for that of our nation, and is a tradition which dates back to World War II

Flyover concludes with the last formation of planes flying in the "Missing man" formation as TAPS is being played. The Missing Man formation serves to remind us of those who sacrificed their future for that of our nation, and is a tradition which dates back to World War II

Posted by pensfan30157 10:43

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