World War II Flyover

World War II witnessed tremendous growth in the size of American military aviation, from about 2,500 airplanes to nearly 300,000 by the war’s end. The Museum’s collection of 30 World War II-era American military aircraft ranges from propeller-driven trainers, fighters, flying boats, and bombers to the nation’s first generation of jet-powered fighters to take to the air. They represent the pilots of the Army Air Forces, Navy, and Marines, as well as the crews who flew them, the support personnel on the ground and at sea who maintained them, and the people who made these weapons of war on the home front. The legacy of their contribution to World War II and the continued enthusiasm for these aircraft still resonates with Americans today.

Friday, May 8 Flyover 
A large formation of World War II-era aircraft, often referred to as “warbirds,” will fly over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe, or V-E, Day on May 8, 2015. Coordinated by the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, the warbirds, ranging from trainers to bombers to fighters, will retrace the role of American military aviation during the conflict in a series of 15 formations. 

Check out our online audio gallery during the Flyover. 
After, go inside the Museum in DC to see the North American P-51 Mustang and the Grumman F4F Wildcat.

Saturday, May 9 Fly-In at the Udvar-Hazy Center 
The next day, a selection of those aircraft will be on display outside the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, as part of the Museum’s Fly-In to Victory Day.

Many of the aircraft represented in the fly over can also be found in the Museum’s collection. Explore our collection of American World War II aircraft and learn more about the upcoming celebration.

"National Security Space" Objects (1 to 12 of 13)

  • Cradle, Primate
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency, Redstone Arsenal
    Credit Line: Transferred by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency
    Type: SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components
  • Reentry Capsule Parachute, Satellite, Discoverer XIII
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Irving Air Chute Co.
    Credit Line: Transferred from the United States Air Force.
    Type: SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components
  • Reentry Capsule, Cover and Screws/Bolts, Satellite, Discoverer XIII
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: General Electric Company
    Credit Line: Transferred from the United States Air Force.
    Type: SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components
  • Model, Manned Orbiting Laboratory, 1:30
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
    Credit Line: Transferred from the United States Air Force.
    Type: MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts
  • Spacecraft, Sphere, Reentered
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Airteck Dynamic Inc.
    Credit Line: Transferred from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
    Type: SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components
  • Model, Manned Orbiting Laboratory, 1:48
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
    Credit Line: Gift of Howard DeVorkin
    Type: MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts
  • Missile, Anti-Missile, Homing Overlay Experiment, (HOE)
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Lockheed Missiles and Space Division
    Credit Line: Transferred from the United States Army.
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts
  • Model, Dynasoar X-20
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Boeing Aerospace
    Credit Line: Gift of the Boeing Aerospace Company.
    Type: MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts
  • Aircraft, X-15, Q-ball Nosecone
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Hydraulic Research & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Northrop
    Credit Line: Transferred from NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center.
    Type: CRAFT-Aircraft Parts
  • Model, Corona Film Return System
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: General Electric Co.
    Credit Line: Gift of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.
    Type: MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
  • Model, Manned Orbiting Laboratory
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Credit Line: Gift of John S. and Cynthia H. Heyde.
    Type: MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts
  • Model, Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, 1:2 Scale
    Country of Origin: United States
    Manufacturer: Hughes Missile Systems
    Credit Line: Gift of Raytheon Company
    Type: MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts