Here they are, in all of their (mostly) radial-engined glory.
Some L-4 and O-1 observation birds led the way.
Then came a flight of Stearmans.
Then a pair of Fairchild PT-19 trainers. (Harrison Ford was not in evidence today.)
T-6 Texan time...and SNJs, for you Navy types.
A pair of P-40s put in an appearance, one dcked out in AVG colors.
And three B-25 Mitchells came over low enough to set off a couple of car alarms. Because RADIAL ENGINES!
Next came a beautiful PBY Catalina flying boat.
And a Grumman F4F Wildcat (lower left) escorts a Douglas Dauntless dive-bomber (upper right).
Another pair of Wildcats made a low pass.
Then a Lockheed P-38 Lightning flew past almost to fast to capture.
A B-24 came next, escorted by three little friends of the P-51 Mustang variety.
And four more very photogenic Mustangs followed.
They were clearing the way for two Boeing B-17 bombers.
Then it was a couple of Douglas DC-3s, better known in military parlance as C-47s.
Next, a Curtis SB2C Helldiver came over.
He was leading a flight and had a Grumman TBM Avenger on each wing.
Then came a Douglas A-26 Invader, my favorite attack bomber of all time.
Followed up by my favorite fighter in the form of a pair of Chance-Vought (of Goodyear) Corsairs.
Then Fifi the B-29 made a low pass over Arlington and came on across the river into the District.
Last, but certainly not least, the "Missing Man" flight, composed of (left to right) a P-40, a Corsair, a TBM Avenger and a P-51D.
I got these from the back side of the Lincoln Memorial, and it was well worth the effort to get down there to see this half-hour long parade of aircraft goodness. A special thanks is due to the men and women who made this event happen, because it could not have been easy to coordinate this event and make it come off as smoothly as it did. Out of all of the participating aircraft, only one, a TBM Avenger, had mechanical problems. That one made an emergency landing at Reagan International Airport just south of the District, and it'll be ok.