Vintage plane flyover in DC is postponed due to weather, now planned for Saturday

Connie Palacioz, who worked as a riveter at Boeing's Kansas plant during World War II, poses next to the B-29 Superfortress "Doc" during Thursday's media day for Friday's Arsenal of Democracy flyover of Washington, D.C. Palacioz drove the rivets in the front section of the aircraft, and brags that when it was restored many years after World War II, only seven rivets had to be replaced.


By DANA HEDGPETH | The Washington Post | Published: September 25, 2020

A flyover of vintage planes in the Washington region scheduled for Friday morning is being postponed a day because of weather.

The planes will now fly over on Saturday morning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The event, called the “Arsenal of Democracy Flyover,” was expected to start at 10 a.m. Friday, with the formation to arrive over the Mall area around 11:30 a.m. But just before it was supposed to start, organizers said on Facebook that they were postponing it until Saturday because of poor visibility.

“We tried, but we never got the weather visibility we needed for the #ww2flyover so today’s flight is off,” the Facebook post said. “The weather was supposed to clear in time but it never cooperated with us so we will try again tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Stay tuned for announcements in the morning. When we know, you’ll know! Keep your fingers crossed.”

The planes are expected to head to an area near Leesburg and then fly down the Potomac River to the District. The show is scheduled to end with a flyover of the World War II Memorial.

The planes will fly at roughly 1,000 feet.

The flyover will include several famous aircraft such as B-17, B-24 and B-29 bombers. Also participating will be P-51, P-40, P-39 and P-38 fighters.

Officials with the event said it is also meant to recognize the industrial spirit that the nation put into the war effort.

The phrase “arsenal of democracy” was used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a 1940 address. He pushed for the United States to provide Britain material assistance in the fight against Nazi Germany.