Capitol Flyover: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day


Did you know?  When the U.S. declared war on Germany and the Axis powers in 1942, there were no U.S. Aircraft in Europe.  By the end of the war there were more than 12,000 U.S. aircraft in Europe.

The Arsenal of Democracy flew its vintage aircraft in a World War II Victory Capitol Flyover above the National Mall to commemorate Victory in Europe (VE) Day’s 70th anniversary on Friday, May 8.  It was reminiscent of the United States military might in the skies over Europe at the end of World War II.  The flyover included formations representing major battles in both Europe and the Pacific, including Pearl Harbor, the final assault on Japan and a missing man formation to honor the fallen.  Hundreds of Veterans were gathered at the World War II Memorial to view the flyover.

On Memorial Day, we honor the more than 405,000 Americans service members who died during World War II and more than 600,000 who gave their lives in all of the other wars to preserve freedom and democracy at home and around the world.

The video of the flyover was produced by VA’s Employee Education System.  Check out the VA Flickr album for photos of the flyover.


Ken McKinnon

Ken McKinnon is the video team leader on VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He has a 45-year career in journalism and government service, 13 years with Florida newspapers, 10 as a press and communications director on Capitol Hill, and 22 with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. He is the proud son of a career Marine Master Sergeant who served in World War II and the Korean War.