Vintage Planes Make Washington Flyover in Honor of V-E Day

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Military biplanes fly past the Washington Monument during the Arsenal of Democracy flyover in Washington on May 8, 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty

Thousands of people watched the skies over Washington as they filled with more than two dozen vintage planes on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of Allied victory against Nazi Germany in World War II.

The flyover, which saw the planes soar over Washington's iconic monuments along the National Mall, was open to the public and attended by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and World War II veterans.

The vintage planes, including the B-25 Mitchell, the FG-1D Corsair and the P-38 Lightning, flew in formations that recalled some of the war's biggest battles, CNN reports. One of the planes, a Curtiss SB2C Helldriver, made a safe landing at Washington's Reagan National Airport after reporting engine trouble.

On Saturday, Russia will hold its Victory Day parade to mark its victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago. The parade will include a military convoy featuring tens of thousands of soldiers and a newly designed tank. Many Western leaders have opted out of attending the event, however.

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A man watches a B-29 during the Arsenal of Democracy flyover in Washington on May 8, 2015. Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty
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People watch as a formation of World War II airplanes fly over the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
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A B-17 Flying Fortress flies over the National Mall. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty
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World War II military planes fly over Washington. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty
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World War II veterans and their families watch as dozens of World War II military airplanes fly over the National World War II Memorial. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
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Two B-25 Mitchell bombers fly in formation with dozens of other World War II aircraft over Culpeper Regional Airport in Brandy Station, Virginia, on May 7, 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty
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A bombardier’s checklist is seen attached to a B-29 at Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia, on May 7, 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty
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Pilot and owner Karl Stoltzfu completes a preflight check of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain airplane prior to a practice flight with dozens of World War II aircraft at Culpeper Regional Airport on May 7, 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
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Workers with the Texas Flying Legends Museum paint a Douglas C-53 Skytrooper airplane at Culpeper Regional Airport. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
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From left, Eric Trueblood and Nick Knobil, with the Texas Flying Legends Museum, paint stripes on a Douglas C-53 Skytrooper airplane as dozens of World War II aircraft gather at Culpeper Regional Airport. The planes flew past the National Mall in Washington on May 8. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty