Tue, Apr 08, 2008
April 10 Flyover To Commemorate US Airmen Who Died in
Boeing announced Tuesday it will sponsor a flyover of four
historic military airplanes in honor of US airmen who died during
World War II, and in subsequent conflicts.
The event will take place on Thursday, April 10, at 1315 EDT.
The airplanes will take off from Andrews Air Force Base, will cross
the airspace around Ronald Reagan National Airport (which will
close briefly to accommodate the event) and will circle the Air
Force Memorial before returning to Andrews. Spectators will be able
to view the flyover from the grounds of the memorial, as well as
from multiple points along the Potomac River in Arlington and
The American Air Museum (AAM) in Duxford, England, organized the
flyover, which features a B-17 Flying Fortress (made by Boeing), a
P-51D Mustang (made by North American Aviation, now a part of
Boeing), a P-40 Kittyhawk (made by Curtiss Wright), and a Spitfire
(made by Vickers Armstrong).
Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, president of the AAM and
chairman of the Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom, will
preside over the event and pay tribute to the thousands of airmen
who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom.
Joining him for the ceremony at the memorial will be former
British Prime Minister (and honored guest) Sir John Major; Lt. Gen.
John Bradley, commander, US Air Force Reserve Command; and Richard
Ashton, executive vice president, AAM.
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