Aircraft Owner & Pilots Ass’n Honors 85 Years with RARE DC Flyover

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association celebrated its 85th anniversary with a rare event in DC — a general aviation flyover!


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Starting from the Frederick Municipal Airport, some 58 aircraft representing “all chapters of general aviation’s storied history” flew over the Mall on Saturday and could be seen by those in DC between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building.

AOPA President Mark Baker started the procession with his Beechcraft 17 Staggerwing. Among the aircraft to follow were a Howard DGA-15, Douglas DC-3, Beech 18, and Howard 500.

According to all reports, this flyover event is something that has never been done before with general aviation aircraft, and is especially rare in this highly restricted flight zone. DCA airport was also closed for an hour to allow for the air celebration.