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Public service flying

Featured aircraft in the May 11 event

General aviation benefits the United States in the form of public service flights.
Photography by David Tulis.
Photography by David Tulis.

From lifesaving flights to a hospital after a car accident to fighting wildfires, specialized airplanes and helicopters work to preserve Americans’ safety every day. From the Maryland State Police helicopter, a Leonardo AW139, to this firefighting beast, the Fire Boss, public service aircraft are essential to our country.

The flyover

An array of aircraft representing virtually every chapter of general aviation’s storied history will be on display over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during a spectacular commemoration of the numerous contributions the GA industry provides to our nation. The celebration will coincide with AOPA’s eighty-fifth anniversary in May 2024. This special event will take place on May 11 over one of Washington, D.C.’s most restricted flight zones, P-56, something that’s never been done with GA aircraft. Spectators on the ground and online will watch the aircraft fly above the Lincoln Memorial, down Independence Avenue, and past the Washington Monument.

The flyover will consist of more than 15 different “chapters” telling the story of GA in America starting in the Golden Age and continuing to the present day when aircraft like the Fire Boss will join more than 60 iconic aircraft to celebrate general aviation in America. The flyover concludes when the Titan Fuel aerobatic team will fly over over the National Mall.

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