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Arsenal of Democracy Flyover announces webcast of World War II Celebration
Two planes featured in event will be in Great Bend for Airfest
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The P-51 Mustang Gunfighter is shown in a visit to Great Bend for the Jack Kilby statue dedication in 2012. It will be featured in The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Friday morning. The plane will return to Great Bend in September for the Airfest. - photo by Tribune file photo

 Washington, D.C., – The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Executive Committee announced Tuesday that the Flyover will be streamed live on Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The link for the live webcast is 

The event hits close to home for Great Bend, said Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller. Both P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter” and the B-29 “FiFi” are taking part in the flyover and are going to headline the Great Bend Airfest in September.

This event will get national coverage, Miller said. Besides the webcast, it will be featured on the Today Show, Fox News, CBS and BBC that morning.

Two cameras will film the commemorative wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover, which follows shortly afterward at 12:10 p.m., for the site. The webcast will include the narration of the flyover over the nation’s capital, featuring key facts about the 15 historically sequenced formations of more than 50 vintage World War II aircraft and the important roles they played in winning the war. 

It will allow residents in the Washington, DC area to listen to the flyover narration as they watch the planes fly along the National Mall, and allow citizens from across the country to watch and celebrate this anniversary. 

Users can download high- or low-resolution video and audio, or an audio-only feed from the site. Audio-only is highly recommended for those watching the Flyover live from virtually anywhere in Washington, D.C. Organizers of the event are making the webcast available to provide better access and additional value to this event. 

“We are delighted to be able to share the flyover with Americans all across the country so that they can share in this historic event honoring our nation’s heroes—both those who flew and fought in the war and those at home who helped to build the airplanes, ships, and tanks that delivered our victory,” said Stephan C. Brown, Arsenal of Democracy Executive Committee member and president and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force. 

“This live webcast will also allow those World War II veterans who are not able to come to Washington, D.C., to be part of this event remembering their service and sacrifice, and will provide an excellent educational opportunity for students who want to learn more about U.S. and Allied efforts in the war,” he said.