Friday, for the 70th anniversary of VE Day, there was an amazing flyover of the Washington Mall by aircraft that helped win WWII. The planes followed the river from airfields in Virginia, turned east at the Lincoln Memorial and flew down the Mall, eventually turning south and heading back. Their path was carefully set forth in the highly restricted airspace.
There was quite a crowd of office workers and tourists out to see them, some taking video, but most snapping pictures with phones and cameras. There was a lot of camaraderie and at least one expert within my earshot. I am an avid admirer of vintage aircraft, and really could not pass this up. Most of these planes were 70 or more years old and were up in the air through the efforts of piston engines.
By and large they were flying in particular formations used in various battles. Lucky for me, The Washington Post published the order and the formations, so I hope my identifications are correct.
All photos taken by my colleague John Burg, who had my camera, which ran out of memory. Luckily, he also had that outdated email implement, the Blackberry, with him and could keep photographing. If I have misidentified any planes, please let me know. This was almost as good as a day at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome!