UPDATE: Some flyovers have been pushed back due to weather. Be sure to check our forums for details!
ORIGINAL POST: Although airshows across the country are currently grounded, flyovers have become a major event in recent weeks. Now, some air museums and warbird operators are launching some flyovers of their own. On Friday, May 8th, warbirds will take to the skies around the country in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
Victory in Europe Day – or V-E Day as it is commonly known – marks the date when the Allies accepted Germany’s unconditional surrender in 1945. Before the pandemic, it was going to be celebrated with the massive “Arsenal of Democracy” flyover that was expected to draw warbirds from across the country to Washington DC for a rare chance to parade over the National Mall and the World War II Memorial. That event has now been postponed to September, when it will nearly align with V-J Day for Victory in Japan and the final conclusion of the war.
In the absence of the main event, smaller groups and museums have taken to organizing their own flyovers. We’re currently tracking these flyovers on our forums, so you should check there for the latest information. We also hope you’ll add your own photos of the flyovers!
A final note – like any other business, these museums are hurting during the pandemic. They usually derive most of their revenue for passenger flights, airshow fees, and visitor tickets, all of which have been shut down. Please consider donating to an organization near you and help keep them flying!