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Arsenal of Democracy No. II: World War II Airplane Flyover Photo Safari

Photograph World War II airplanes flying over the National Mall

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To honor the heroes who fought in World war II and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will once again fly above the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial towards the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020, as part of the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.

Repeating a photo experience we conducted on May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of VE day, Washington Photo Safari is pleased to offer its clients a unique photo safari that will capture this historic moment. The safari will once again take place during the lunch hour at carefully selected locations in Arlington with excellent views of the flight path along the National Mall, easily accessible by METRO, with professional photographers providing camera instruction and tips on photographing the aircraft.

Approximately 70  vintage military aircraft in 15 historically sequenced formations are expected to participate in the 40-minute  flyover, which will fly  right over the World War II memorial commemorative ceremonies.. Aircraft are being provided by multiple organizations and individuals whose mission is to preserve these historic artifacts in flying condition. Aircraft expected to participate include:

The Curtis P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Aerocobra, P-38 Lightning, Douglas 58D Dauntless (the plane flown by the Tuskeegee Airmen), PBY Catalina, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, FG-1D Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B26A , Grumman TBM Avengers, B29 Superfortress, Vought FG-1D Corsairs, and many others.

Any camera is acceptable for this safari, including cellphones, but for best results we suggest DSLR or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses and rapid shooting capability, a telephoto zoom lens of 200-400 mm or greater, and a wide angle lens with circular polarizer filter. This location gives a perfect view of the planes as they travel from west to east along Independence Avenue SW on the National Mmall.

Meeting time is 11:00 am sharp, the safari will end at 1:00 pm. Cost is $89/person, includes photographic instruction and handout materials with recommended camera settings and lenses.

Social Distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required.

Photo Credit: Michel Brandau