D.C. opens restricted airspace over national monuments for WWII flyover

World War II era planes fly over the National Mall during a ceremony  to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day in Washington on May 8, 2015. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters

World War II era planes fly over the National Mall during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day in Washington on May 8, 2015. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters

More than 50 World War II aircraft flew over the nation’s capital Friday to commemorate the Allies’ defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago.

Arsenal of Democracy: WWII Victory Capitol Flyover, an event celebrating Victory in Europe Day, provided a rare sight for observers on the National Mall. As USA Today explains:

“It’s unique enough that those planes are fighters and bombers from WWII, but they are also flying a path that’s been severely restricted since the terrorist hijackings Sept. 11, 2001.”

Organizers of the event said it took a year to coordinate a flight path that took the vintage planes nearby national monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, at a low 1,000-foot altitude. Reagan National Airport also closed for an hour for the flyover.

The planes flew in formations reminiscent of the war’s decisive battles of World War II that ended when Germany surrendered in May 1945. The planes from the flyover will be temporarily displayed at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday.

The post D.C. opens restricted airspace over national monuments for WWII flyover appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

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