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D-Day Squadron

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, February 05, 2018 18:07:48

I mentioned some while ago plans for a special 75th anniversary D-day flypast over Normandy next year. Today marks the official launch of D-Day Squadron which will be the U.S. contingent flying over en masse it would seem:

The D-Day Squadron is the American contingent participating in the Daks Over Normandy flyover crossing the English Channel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019. The skies will be filled with dozens of meticulously restored C-47 aircraft and hundreds of paratroopers billowing through the sky in authentic Allied uniforms and World War II military-style parachutes.

Daks Over Normandy will be the largest assembly of these authentic War aircraft and paratroopers since that fateful day on June 6, 1944, all to honor the service and sacrifice of the citizen soldiers who risked life and limb to bring about the beginning of the end of the War in Europe. Aircraft from around the globe will participate in events both before and after the June 6 flyover, with community events and static displays in the United Kingdom and France for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Volunteers of the D-Day Squadron will make an epic journey across the ocean with a fleet of American C-47s to help fill the skies once again with the sight of freedom. The citizen soldiers and aircraft that helped bring about an end to World War II will be honored in this historic tribute.

More on their website.

One to look forward to smiley

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Posted by Marcus Tue, February 13, 2018 02:51:51

That would be incredible to see that Peter. Wow!

Posted by Peter Mon, February 12, 2018 10:32:44

Duxford is the UK gathering point Mark. They are looking at getting around 40 Daks there with opportunities to visit, see the aircraft, talk to crews etc over a couple of days or so. Tickets available in due course.

Posted by Marcus Mon, February 12, 2018 02:52:46

Very nice. Looked at the website and now I think I understand your comments. Is the stop in Duxford just a meeting point? Still - a very neat thing to see.

Posted by G Thu, February 08, 2018 20:49:11

Like the 'Boss' says. But 'Friday Arrivals' would be your best chance from what I can see about it. Reasonable 'down south' admission prices and the free to walk about and nobody knows who you are. But be warned I might be about for a few hours on arrivals day.

Posted by Peter Thu, February 08, 2018 18:19:33

They might be invited but in the same way we are 'invited' to Flying Legends. Please make sure you have your ticket in advance sir and book early as demand could be high.

If 17 Daks or more are scheduled to come across the pond plus others from Europe and possibly elsewhere then there is a lot of cost involved. On the plus side that many aircraft flying around can't be kept too private so there must be a few 'free' viewpoints somewhere!

Posted by G Thu, February 08, 2018 08:23:00

Without doubt Mr 'Public' someone somewhere is going to make a fast buck out of this event and will make it under 'costs incured' . Very similar to that bloke who gets folk to fund 'lifting' a P-38 Lightning off the Welch coast. But l take youpoint sir.

Posted by Joe Public Thu, February 08, 2018 07:35:00

May one ask if the general public are invited to this 75th Aniversary event ? Or like so many of these 'special events' the lower 'tier' of the general Public is tolerated and kept at arms length and the media are welcomed at arms length. Is this event going to end up being another money spinning exercise at the expense of some very brave people who may l remind, gave their all .

Posted by G Tue, February 06, 2018 07:05:28