ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- More than 20 World War II era aircraft will fly down the Potomac River, and over the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Disabled American Veterans.
Organizers say the aircraft used in The Potomac Flight, including T-6 “Texans,” B-25 Mitchell Bomber and P-51 Mustang, will launch from Culpeper Regional Airport then fly down the Potomac.
The North American Aviation, Inc.-designed Texan is a two-seat aircraft that was used for the advanced trainer for World War II pilots. It was first flown in 1938, and became the most popular trainer aircraft for the U.S. Military in the 1940s and 1950s. Approximately 400 Texans are still flying today.
The North American, twin-engine, medium bomber B-25 Mitchell was used by many Allied air forces and remained in service after the war. Approximately 40 B-25s are still able to fly in the U.S. According to organizers of the flyover, "The B-25 was made immortal on April 18, 1942, when 16 B-25’s launched from the USS HORNET aircraft carrier and became the first United States aircraft to bomb the Japanese mainland following the attacks on Pearl Harbor."
People in Arlington and Alexandria should be able to see the flight in sometime after noon.
The flight pays tribute to the services and sacrifices of veterans. The non-profit Disabled American Veterans, which represents the nation's disabled veterans and aims to improve the lives of veterans and their families, was founded in 1920 and chartered by Congress in 1932. More information about DAV can be found here.