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Nearly 60 Aircraft Soar Over Washington DC in AOPA National Celebration of General Aviation
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By International Affairs Office | AOPA-China | 2024-05-13



In a spectacular commemoration of the contributions of general aviation (GA), an array of aircraft spanning the industry's history soared over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on May 11. The event, marking the eighty-fifth anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), showcased over 60 aircraft, each representing a different chapter of GA's evolution in America. Led by AOPA President Mark Baker in his Beechcraft Staggerwing, the flyover featured iconic planes like the Douglas DC–3 and modern aircraft like the Robinson R44 and Cirrus SF50. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) closed temporarily to accommodate the event, which was supported by Congress and involved 10 government agencies. Spectators gathered to watch the formation fly above landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, while online viewers followed the livestream hosted on AOPA's YouTube channel. Thomas B. Haines and Miles O’Brien provided commentary during the flyover, offering insights into each chapter of GA's history. Meticulous planning and cooperation with air traffic control ensured the smooth execution of the flyover, an unprecedented event within Washington, D.C.'s restricted flight zone. As the aircraft gracefully painted the sky with the story of GA, it was a moment to celebrate the past, present, and future of aviation.


The DC Flyover was launched from Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), proceeded down the Potomac River, and up the National Mall toward the Capitol.


Watch the event video on AOPA's YouTube channel: