DC Flyover: the 58 aircraft from aviation’s past set to dazzle Washington crowds

Washington Flyover Practice
David Tulis

In the United States (US), a spectacular display featuring 58 aircraft is to fly over the skies of the nation’s capital, Washington DC, celebrating the story of General Aviation.

Crowds gathered in Washington DC will see aircraft spanning 15 different chapters of US aviation history as planes and helicopters fly an 88-mile route, beginning at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) on May 11, 2024, at 11:30 local time.

The show-stopping event has been organized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), which will also be celebrating its 80th anniversary on the same day.

Dubbed the ‘National Celebration of General Aviation’, the display will culminate in a flyover that passes the National Mall from noon to 13:00.

David Tulis / AOPA

As the 58 aircraft make their journey, they will flyover the Potomac River, above the Lincoln Memorial, down Independence Avenue, and past the Washington Monument.

The event will take place over one of Washington’s most restricted flight zones. As a result, it will see Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) closed for 60 minutes and FDK for two hours.

And if you can’t be there in person, a live stream of the flyover will be beamed around the world from 11:45 on AOPA’s YouTube channel – @flywithaopa.

The formation, which consists of 24 aircraft groups, will be led by AOPA President Mark Baker in his historic Beechcraft Staggerwing.

Accompanying his aircraft will be a Waco UPF–7, North American Navion, Douglas DC–3, Spartan Executive, Hatz biplane, and Beech Starship, as well as modern-day aircraft such as the Robinson R44, Carbon Cub and Icon A5.

According to AOPA, the aircraft will be flown by some of the most accomplished pilots in the US.

The Titan Aerobatic Team, formerly AeroShell, will conclude the flyover.

Here is the rundown of the 58 aircraft set to fly at the event:

Golden Age  

Beechcraft Staggerwing 

Howard DGA 

Waco UPF-7 

Fairchild 24 

Post-War Boom  

Cessna 170 

Piper Tri-Pacer 

Beechcraft Bonanza 

Globe Swift 

North American Navion 

The Trainer Era 

Cessna 172 

Piper Super Cub 

Piper Archer 

Vertical Flight 

Robinson R-44 

Enstrom 480B 

Airbus EC-120B 

Backcountry Getaway 

Carbon Cub 


Cessna 180 


Light Sport 

Van’s RV-12 

TL Sport Sting 


Seaplane Freedom 

Cessna Caravan 

Cessna 182 

Lake Amphibian 

de Havilland Beaver 

Homebuilt planes 


Van’s Aircraft RV-4 

Van’s Aircraft RV-8 

Van’s Aircraft RV-9 

Rapid Growth 

Rockwell Commander 

Beechcraft Bonanza 

Cessna 182 

Beechcraft Baron 


Grumman Cheetah 

Public service flying  

Fireboss AT-802 

HU-16 Albatross 

Airshow Spectacle 

One Design Gamebird 

Pitts 2SC 

American Champion Super Decathlon 

Douglas DC-3 

Spartan Executive 

Safety & Technology 

Diamond DA40 (diesel technology) 

Cirrus SR22 (composite technology) 

Beechcraft Starship 

Cirrus SF50 

Piper 700 Fury 

Corporate Aircraft 

King Air 200 

Lear 35 

Citation CJ-3 

The Power of One 


Piper Meridian 

Titan Aerobatic One 





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