The CAF Red Tail Squadron is proud to announce that they will participate in the Arsenal of Democracy, a large-scale flyover of our nation’s Capitol to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8, 2015. The Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen will join dozens of vintage WWII-era aircraft for this historic event.
The Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover will consist of 15 historically sequenced warbird formations representing the major events of WWII, beginning with Pearl Harbor and concluding with a tribute to those still missing in action. A ceremony to mark the occasion will be held at the National WWII Memorial. The Squadron’s P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen will participate in the “Ploesti Raid” portion of the flyover and will be joined by two other Mustangs, both D models, from the CAF’s Dixie Wing and Gunfighter group.
The flyover promises to be an amazing sight for the large audience expected to view the event, with the best vantage point at the Washington Mall. The first formation is estimated to be over the Lincoln Memorial at 12:10 p.m. ET, then will proceed over the National WWII Memorial, down Independence Avenue, then turn south back over the U.S. Capitol. For further information, visit www.ww2flyover.org.
“It’s a privilege for the CAF Red Tail Squadron to participate in the Arsenal of Democracy’s event because it is literally a flying tribute to those who sacrificed so much to serve their country and end the war,” said Brad Lang, CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and pilot of the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen for the event. “On this day we honor not only the Tuskegee Airmen’s contributions to the war efforts, but every man and woman at home and abroad who came together to help the U.S. and its Allies achieve victory over tyranny.”
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Learn more at www.redtail.org.