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    Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

  • Dates:
    May 9, 2020
  • Time:
    10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Admission:
    FREE (Parking $15)
  • Location:
    National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Address:
    14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151
  • Phone:
    (703) 572-4118

On May 9, 2020, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a fly-in event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors will have a chance to get up close and personal with World War II aircraft flown in for the event, talk to pilots, interact with World War II reenactors, and more. Participating aircraft include an Avro Lancaster, a Supermarine Spitfire, P-51s, and more.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Arsenal of Democracy flyover, during which 100 World War II-era aircraft will take to the skies over Washington, DC, flying in historically sequenced warbird formations on May 8. A selection of the aircraft will participate in our Udvar-Hazy Center event on May 9. This will be the only place where members of the public will have access to aircraft participating in the flyover. 

Confirmed Aircraft Participating in the Fly-In

  • Avro Lancaster
  • C-47 “Placid Lassie”
  • C-46 
  • C-53
  • FM-2 Wildcat 
  • Supermarine Spitfire
  • Hurricane
  • P-40 (Warren Pietch)  
  • P-51 “Lopes Hope” 
  • DC-3 “Miss Virginia"
  • A-26
  • B-25 “Panchito”
  • B-25 CAF MN Wing
  • PB4Y “Privateer”
  • Fairey “Firefly”
  • TP-40 “American Dream”
  • P-51 "Quicksilver"
  • TBM “Avenger”
  • SBD “Dauntless”
  • F8F “Bearcat”
  • Veterans Airlift Command Bus

This list is current as of February 26. Check back often to see the latest aircraft added. 

Participating aircraft and timing of aircraft arrival can be affected by inclement weather, including thunderstorms, rain, or low cloud cover. The event of poor weather preventing the fly-in or flyover taking place on May 8 or May 9, the fly-in rain date will be May 10.. Any updates on event status will be provide on this page as well as on social media.