A P-51 getting ready to leave the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. This plane as well as the following planes were participants of the Arsenal of Democracy fly over in Washington, DC.
The day started out with lots of fog and very low cloud cover. The weather prevented the scheduled arrival of many of the planes.
Finally the sky cleared enough for some of the aircraft to fly in from Manassas, VA. Their arrival resulted in cheers and applause from the spectators who had been waiting for hours.
The event at the Udvar-Hazy center included the Air Force Airman of Note band, Gottaswing swing dancers, lots of WW II Veterans on Honor Flight trips, and vintage Jeeps.
World War 2 veteran, Stan Pekol shares the sounds of the ’40s era. Stan was a participant on the Chicago Honor Flight on 06 June. While waiting for his return flight to Chicago, the GottaSwing dancers entertained the troops with swing music and dancing. The Honor Flight Network flies WW II veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorial at no charge to them. If you know a WW II veteran who hasn’t seen the memorial, contact https://www.facebook.com/HonorFlightNetwork.
On Saturday 13 October, the Honor Flight Network and U.S. Airways brought another group of WW II vets to Washington, DC. This group of vets arrived from Wisconsin. After spending the day touring the monuments and memorials in and around Washington, the Vets and Guardians returned to Ronald Reagan airport for the flight home. As an added bonus, volunteers often entertain the troops while they await their return flight. For this flight, the Radio King Orchestra’s PinCurl Girls – performing in the style of the Andrews Sisters – provided the entertainment. Click HERE for more Badger Honor Flight images.