A B-2 Spirit (top left), F-22 Raptors (like the one shown at top right), and a VC-25 (like the one shown at the bottom, which is known as Air Force One when the President is on board) are slated to fly over the nation's capital on July 4. Air Force photos.
The Air Force will send multiple aircraft, including a B-2, F-22s, and a VC-25, known as Air Force One when the President is on board, over Washington, D.C., on July 4 as part of President Donald Trump’s planned celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
A Defense Department official confirmed to Air Force Magazine that the Air Force’s part of the flyover will be the two stealth aircraft and Air Force One, with other participating aircraft including US Marine Corps F-35s, the Blue Angels, and the next Marine One. In addition to the flyovers, Army Bradley fighting vehicles will be on display.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced it is suspending operations at nearby Reagan National Airport from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for the flyovers, and from 9 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. for fireworks.
The event, called “Salute to America,” will include music from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the US Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Armed Forces Chorus, and the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, among others, according to the Department of the Interior. The Pentagon has not officially commented about the military participation in the event or the costs of the flyovers.