Yesterday, the ANJ team had the opportunity to find out more about D-Day Squadron, which aims to fly eighteen DC-3s and C-47s across the North Atlantic Ocean, to participate in the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. Several of these aircraft are D-Day veterans. After a brief press conference held at Sun ‘n Fun in Florida, photographers and videographers had the opportunity to fly in ‘That’s All, Brother’, the C-47 which led the main airborne invasion over Normandy. Given the incredible history of the aircraft, it was a surreal and even emotional experience to several of its passengers.
The D-Day Squadron will be flying from the USA to England, where the aircraft will be joined by about thirty C-47s and DC-3 from other parts of the world, some as far as Russia and South Africa. After participating in the D-Day anniversary, the aircraft will fly to Berlin to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
“This was one of the pivotal moments — a turning point in the history of the Second World War,” stated Moreno Aguiari, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the D-Day Squadron. “With the core of our mission focused on flying historic aircraft along the original route used to ferry these same aircraft during the war, we couldn’t think of a better place than Sun ‘n Fun to share the details of this mission. It’s also our opportunity to share living history and honour the veterans of D-Day with both the public and the aviation community.”
Please visit www.ddaysquadron.org for further information.
More photographs and details will be made available on www.aviationnewsjournal.com, as well as the print edition of ANJ.