A Flyover to Plan For

100th-p-38 A Lockheed P-38 with D-Day invasion stripe markings. One P-38 will participate in today's World War II flyover of Washington, DC.

At noon today, 56 World War II era aircraft will roar over the National Mall in Washington, DC. Honoring Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover will be a moment to remember for spectators and nearly 400 World War II veterans attending the display.

Flying into the Washington area is distinct from flying almost anywhere else in the United States. Unlike airspace used by other aerial demonstrations, Washington, DC’s skies are amongst the nation’s most heavily controlled and restricted.  To prepare for the flyover, Lockheed Martin’s Flight Service team worked closely with the Arsenal of Democracy planning team, helping to negotiate extraordinary flight routes directly over the National Mall and performing their normal, but essential, function of flight planning and weather briefing for the flyover’s pilots.

isgs-practice -flight-plans-afss Lockheed Martin Flight Service flight plans laid out for the flyover's earlier practice flights.

“This was a complex project but we were able to help ensure that these pilots and their aircraft could celebrate this historic day,” said Jennifer Dill, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and Lockheed Martin Flight Service’s Eastern Area Plans and Procedures Specialist. “It’s a privilege to help these pilots make this event happen as safely as possible and help recognize and honor the World War II veterans community,” Dill continued.

Operating on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration, Lockheed Martin Flight Service provides more than 50,000 general aviation pilots with flight plan filing, briefings, in-flight support, search and rescue and other services weekly.