PHOTOS: World War II Planes Fly Above National Mall on 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

The planes flew at a low 1,000-foot altitude over the National Mall to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Hundreds of veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial to watch the historic event.

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A B-17 Flying Fortresses flies over the National Mall during the Arsenal of Democracy, a WWII plane flyover for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day in Washington, DC, on May 8 2015.
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North American B-25 Mitchells fly over the Washington Monument during the Arsenal of Democracy, a WWII plane flyover for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day in Washington, DC, on May 8 2015.
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D.C. stood still for nearly an hour Friday as thousands of people watched vintage military aircraft from World War II soar over the nation's capital.
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Planes flew at a low 1,000-foot altitude to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Hundreds of veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial to watch the historic event.
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The aircraft flew in formations to represent the major battles of World War II. Onlookers gathered all over the mall to watch the vintage planes.
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One of the planes participating in the flyover was FiFi, the only B-29 Superfortress still flying. The plane that dropped the atomic bomb was also a B-29 Superfortress.
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WWII veteran James Shephard was stationed in the South Pacific as a maintenance inspector during the war. He flew over from the Utah Honor Flight for Friday's ceremony, and watched the flyover from the Lincoln Memorial.
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The V-E Day celebration stopped flights in and out of Reagan National Airport from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Friday.
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On Saturday, many of the historic planes will be displayed at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
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World War II military planes fly over Washington, DC during a plane flyover for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day on May 08, 2015.
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The flyover included dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historically sequenced warbird formations overhead.
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The formations the planes were flying represented the war's major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation to "Taps."
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Never before has such a collection of WWII aircraft been assembled at one location, to honor the large assemblage of veterans gathered at the WWII Memorial for a ceremony.
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These veterans came to D.C. on an Honor Flight from Utah.
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A selection of the planes will be featured at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center for a one-day exhibition. The display will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No advance tickets are required.
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The first formation was estimated to be over the Lincoln Memorial at 12:10 p.m. (EST). The Arsenal of Democracy aircraft flew their Flights from the Culpeper Regional Airport and from Manassas Regional Airport about 40 minutes before the flyover began.
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The aircraft proceeded to a holding point about 10 miles west of Leesburg, Virginia, where they began the flight down the Potomac River toward D.C.
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A man watches a B-29(C) as WWII-era planes fly during the Arsenal of Democracy, a WWII plane flyover for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day in Washington, DC, on May 8 2015.
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As they approached the Lincoln Memorial, they turned east and flew over Independence Avenue. After flying over the WWII Memorial, the planes turned south and began their flight down the Potomac River and back to their original airports.
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A WWII vet taking pictures of the flyover.
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Vets from a Utah honor flight watched the flyover together.
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The west side of the Lincoln Memorial was full of onlookers.
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