• 12-OCT-2014

  • SOURCE: Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.)

Historic Flight Over Washington D.C. Honors Nation's Veterans

T-6 Texan by Jonathan Derden
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Approximately 30 World War II-era aircrafts, called the T-6 Texans, soared information down the Potomac River this week. This "Potomac Flight" was the first-ever flyover of the Pentagonand Arlington National Cemetery. The planes made the round-trip from Culpeper Regional Airport, and thehistoric flight was organized by the Culpeper Air Fest. The flight was in honor of DAV (Disabled AmericanVeterans), and pays tribute to the services and sacrifices veterans have made to secure our nation's freedom.

The North American T-6 Texan is a two-seat aircraft used as the advanced trainer for World War IIpilots. Designed by North American Aviation, Inc., and first flown in 1938, the "Texan" quickly becamethe most popular trainer aircraft for the U.S. Military in the 1940s and 1950s. Over 15,000 "Texans" werebuilt between 1938 and 1947, and approximately 400 are still flying today.

This ceremonial formation flight will be visible from Alexandria, Arlington and Rosslyn, Va. Culpeper Air Fest will serve as a home base for the ground-breaking flight. The Potomac Flight of the Texans will culminate withthe15th annual Culpeper Air Fest airshow in Culpeper on Saturday, Oct 11, 2014. Learn more at: www.culpeperairfest.com.

ABOUT DAV:DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to asingle purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring thatveterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests ofAmerica's injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veteranstransitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.