Vintage Warbirds to Take Flight at Leesburg Airport This May

Leesburg Executive Airport in Loudoun County is gearing up to present a remarkable glimpse into aviation history with the WWII Warbird Showcase. Organized by the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This showcase aims to celebrate and preserve the legacy of WWII aviation and honor those who maintained and piloted these historic aircraft.

The event will feature several WWII-era warbirds, including the iconic North American T-6 “Texan,” a trainer aircraft that helped prepare pilots for larger military planes like the P-51 Mustang. The T-6 Texan, known for its 600-horsepower radial engine and advanced flight features, will be available for public rides, along with the Stinson OY-1, a Fairchild Forwarder, and a Boeing PT-17 Stearman bi-plane.

Visitors can also view rare aircraft such as a Japanese Fuji LM-1—one of only three remaining worldwide—and a French Alouette II helicopter, the first jet-powered model of its kind. These aircraft will be accompanied by other attractions including a B-26 twin 50-caliber machine gun turret and a variety of food and merchandise vendors.

Scott Coffman, Director of Leesburg Executive Airport, expressed enthusiasm about hosting the showcase, noting its significance for aviation enthusiasts and historians alike. “It’s a unique opportunity for any aviation history fan who might want to take a ride in restored WWII-era aircraft,” said Coffman.

The event is open to the public with free admission, providing a perfect weekend activity for families and history buffs in Northern Virginia. For those interested in experiencing these vintage aircraft up close, ride bookings can be made through the Capital Wing’s website, with additional slots available on-site.