Vintage WWII Planes to Fly Over Washington, D.C., May 8 to Commemorate V-E Day

February 3rd, 2015

LEESBURG, Va. - To honor the heroes who fought in World War II and those on the home front who helped to produce the tanks, ships and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, a consortium of groups, including ICAS, are working together to organize and conduct a flyover of vintage World War II aircraft over Washington, D.C., Friday, May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

The Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Fly-Over will coincide with a ceremony for veterans at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall. The flyover will include a vast assortment of World War II aircraft flying overhead in historically sequenced formations.

Approximately two dozen types of vintage military aircraft are expected to participate in the fly-over. Aircraft are being provided by multiple organizations, many of which are ICAS members.

The event itself is being organized by ICAS, the Commemorative Air Force, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and the Texas Flying Legends Museum.

Former President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole and former U.S. Congressman John Dingell, all World War II veterans, are serving as honorary co-chairs of the event. Representative Sam Graves and Senator James Inhofe are involved as co-chairs of the Honorary Congressional Committee.

"From time to time, we need to remind ourselves just how much we have accomplished as a nation, said ICAS President John Cudahy. "May's Arsenal of Democracy flyover will provide us with exactly that kind of opportunity...a chance to recognize those men and women who made the sacrifices necessary to preserve freedom here at home and around the world...a moment in time to reflect on the awesome power of this country and its people when we focus on a common goal."

To stay up-to-date on the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover go to, or follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.


Air Show Industry Awards its Highest Honor to Jim Peitz

December 11th, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Dec. 11, 2014: The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) at its 47th annual convention tonight awarded Jim Peitz its highest honor, the Sword of Excellence, ... See More

John Klatt Receives 2014 Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award

December 11th, 2014

In recognition of his commitment to the ideals of entertainment and showmanship espoused by Art Scholl during his career, his willingness to continually challenge the status quo and introduce ... See More

Naval Air Station Oceana Earns Air Show Industry’s Top Community Relations Award

December 11th, 2014

Each year, the Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award is presented to the military air show that works with -- and within -- its community to establish their air show not just as an ... See More

Ross Perot Jr. Presented with 2014 Wingman Award

December 11th, 2014

LAS VEGAS - Dec. 11, 2014 – The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) tonight at its annual convention presented Texas-based businessman Ross Perot Jr. with the air show ... See More

Jan Collmer and Norm Ellickson Earn ICAS Special Achievement Awards

December 11th, 2014

From time to time, ICAS presents its Special Achievement Award to an individual or organization that it would like to recognize for making a special contribution to the air show business. This ... See More

ICAS Announces Inaugural Pinnacle Awards Recipients

December 10th, 2014

Dec. 10, 2014 – The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), at its 2014 convention at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, presented its inaugural ... See More

ICAS Launches Pinnacle Awards Program

October 9th, 2014

Good ideas and professional execution are the lifeblood of continuous improvement and long-term sustainability in the air show business. From marketing, sponsorship and hospitality to logistics, ... See More

Hoover to be Honored with Wright Brothers Trophy

September 25th, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association announced today that Robert A. "Bob" Hoover will be the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is awarded annually to a ... See More

Nominating Committee Announces Slate Of Board Nominees

September 11th, 2014

In accordance with Section 9, Paragraph B3a, the 2014 ICAS Nominating Committee comprised of Chairman Michael Goulian of Mike Goulian Airshows, Dan McLaren of Mach 1 Productions, Jim Peitz of Jim ... See More

Mardi Gras is Theme of Monday Opening Reception

September 9th, 2014

In recognition of the return of the ICAS Convention to the Rio All-Suites Hotel for the first time since 2008, the traditional opening reception on Monday, December 8 (sponsored once again this year ... See More

ICAS Foundation Inducts Soucy, Newcomb and AeroShell Team into Air Show Hall of Fame

August 21st, 2014

The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation announced today that it has inducted three new members into its Air Show Hall of Fame. Gene Soucy, Chuck Newcomb, and the AeroShell Aerobatic ... See More