- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dozens of vintage military aircraft from World War II flew low over the nation’s capital to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, though one had to make an emergency landing due to mechanical trouble.

The flyover lasted nearly an hour Friday. Organizers say the historic plans flew at a low 1,000-foot altitude over the National Mall. Hundreds of veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial.

The aircraft flew in formations to represent the major battles of World War II. One plane participating in the flyover was the only B-29 Superfortress still flying. The plane that dropped the atomic bomb in Japan was a B-29 Superfortress.

Reagan National Airport was closed to flight arrivals and departures from about an hour to accommodate the flyover. Airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs says a Curtiss Helldiver plane made an emergency landing because of a mechanical issue. No one was injured.

On Saturday, many of the historic planes will be displayed at the National Air and Space Museum’s facility in Virginia.


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