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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