Crowds gathered on the Mall and elsewhere in DC to marvel at yesterday‘s historic Arsenal of Democracy Flyover. To make it happen, organizers had to work with the FAA, TSA, the Secret Service and National Parks Service for permission to fly planes over what is normally restricted airspace. And by planes, we mean aircraft that flew in the skies over Europe 70 years ago–machines that required careful maintenance and testing to get them up and running for the flyover.
On tomorrow’s Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace will feature former Air Force pilot and General Aviation Manufacturers Association CEO Pete Bunce, one of Arsenal of Democracy’s executive committee members. Wallace interviewed Bunce on Thursday ahead of the flyover, and in the process participated in a test flight aboard a B-24 Liberator, which Wallace likened to “travelling in a time machine. You could only marvel at the crews that flew 12-hour missions in these planes and won the war.”
“It is so important to celebrate this 70th anniversary of V-E Day while members of the Greatest Generation are still with us,” said Wallace. The vets in attendance, now in their 80s and 90s, were a reminder that the era of World War II as a living history is swiftly coming to an end.