The Arsenal of Democracy: WWII Victory Capitol Flyover marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day today. The massive flyover included dozens of World War II-era aircraft flying over some of the most restricted airspace in the world, including over the National Mall. The event was streamed live on USVets.tv, and will be available as a video.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on May 8, dozens of vintage aircraft will take off from Culpeper Regional Airport in Virginia to fly to Washington, D.C., and back. The flight is planned as part of the three-day Arsenal of Democracy celebration in Washington. A flyover of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial.
Sophomore students at Exeter High School in New Hampshire recently gathered in the school library to hear about World War II from veterans, who had come from homes for seniors to share their stories. The appearance resulted from the collaboration of Jenn Montplaisir, the activities director at Rockingham County Nursing Home, and history teacher Molly Stevenson. "I want students to understand that their story is part of history, and realize that history is more than a set of facts," Stevenson said.
Taken as a whole, several purchasing manufacturers' index reports provide a mixed view of economic performance in the U.S. Among these, Markit's Flash Manufacturing PMI posted 51.9 for May, the lowest level since October.
World War II bomber planes visited Arcata-Eureka Airport in Eureka, Calif., as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. The tour features B-17, B-24 and P-51 aircraft, and visits the region every two years. "From a personal level, it's amazing to be flying something with so much history, and from a level of craft, as flying is my craft, it's a very demanding airplane to fly," said pilot Joe Scheil of the B-24.