On March 18, 2015, residents of Washington, D.C., and neighboring counties may observe a twin-engine private aircraft flying in the vicinity of the Potomac River and along the National Mall. This aircraft will be conducting a practice flight to assist with planning for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, scheduled for May 8,, 2015.
The aircraft will depart from the Leesburg Airport and fly down the Potomac River near the National Mall. It will then fly south until well south of the Washington, D.C. area. The aircraft will be near the National Mall for a few minutes at 12:10 p.m. on March 18. It will be flown by a qualified pilot and will adhere to all Federal Aviation Regulations. This event has been extensively coordinated with the FAA, TSA, and Secret Service, and official authorization has been granted for this flight. Minimum altitude will be 1,000 ft.
About the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
The Arsenal of Democracy: WWII Victory Capitol Flyover is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Beginning at approximately 12:10 p.m., a diverse array of World War II aircraft will fly along the National Mall in historically sequenced warbird formations representing the War’s major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation to “Taps.” This historic event is being planned to honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the U.S. and its Allies to achieve victory.
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The planners for this practice flight do not expect significant public interest in this event; however, some residents may notice this private aircraft flying in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., and Washington National Airport. Concerned citizens should be reminded that the pilot has received FAA and Secret Service authorization, and the aircraft is in constant contact with Air Traffic Controllers. If callers need additional information, contact information is provided above.