D Day Squadron - 80th Anniversary Tour 2024

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D Day Squadron - 80th Anniversary Tour 2024

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The D Day Squadron are trying to come back for the 80th anniversary

https://www.ddaysquadron.org/?fbclid=Iw ... lOiEdUdWuc

The 2024 Legacy Tour Kickstarter campaign is officially at ‘Boots on the Ground’ status! In only 48 hours we have raised nearly $2000, which is phenomenal! But we still have a long way to go – the planes do too!
Starting from the United States in may have next year, the aircraft must complete six total flight legs to Europe involving crew rest, refueling, proper maintenance, formation planning, and logistics. Can you imagine?
It will take the squadron 15 days, close to 3,000 nautical miles, approximately 15 hours of flight time, 120 gallons of oil, more than 1,400 gallons of fuel, and 150 crew to make this historic transatlantic crossing!
Be a part of history and share the story and campaign. #DDay80 #BerlinAirlift75
Map by the talented Chad Hill Designs Django Studios
Photo of the three-ship formation by Russell Waite Photography
Photo of veteran Dave Hamilton by David O'Connor from Five Oaks Creative

We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again! This time, we’re raising funds for the D-Day Squadron’s 2024 Legacy Tour.

Start-up costs for the Legacy Tour branding and design, mission operation and planning, campaign management, and advance logistics in Europe are significant, and we need your help to get us off the ground! Join us on the commemorative journey from the Normandy Beaches to Berlin, Germany, and beyond.

As always, backers can choose from a variety of reward levels and perks including special edition ball caps, playing cards, commemorative artwork, and model airplanes.
✈︎ You can find them all right here. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fi ... PADdTgMGZs

We have 30 days and a goal of $7,500. Help us start strong and reach our goal! #DDay80 #berlinairlift75 #24LT #2024LegacyTour #DDaySquadron

📸 Photos by Gary Daniels and Xavier Meal

🦅 Historical Fact: The photo of General Eisenhower with the 101st Airborne on June 5, 1944, is presumed to be taken by 1st Lt. John D. Moore of the US Army Signal Corps

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Update posted on Facebook

D-Day Squadron Announces Participating Aircraft for their 2024 Legacy Tour, Commemorating DDay80 and Berlin75

After the successful mission in 2019, the D-Day Squadron - the American contingent of Douglas C-47 and DC-3 transports participating in the celebrations of D-Day and the Berlin Airlift - is preparing to embark upon their journey to Europe to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasions and 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. On May 18, 2024 the D-Day Squadron is expected to depart Oxford-Waterbury Airport in Connecticut and head East to cross the Northern Atlantic along the original Blue Spruce route.

The list of airplanes taking part is changing regularly, as is understandable when juggling such a monumental challenge. Some teams are working to get their aircraft ready to take part, but the complexity of the mission, the logistical challenges and the enormous costs involved inevitably will keep their participation on hold until months shy of the launch.

However, given the difficult socio-economical times we currently live in, the D-Day Squadron is excited to announce that ten historic aircraft will make the journey in 2024. With multiple aircraft still working to prepare, we are expected to roll out a second phase of announcements, featuring nearly a dozen historic aircraft involved in the mission.

Today’s airplanes announced will be joined by at least three UK based C-47s and possibly two more aircraft coming from France and Sweden.
“We’re excited to join the D-Day Squadron to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord. As a U.S. Naval aircraft, READY-4-DUTY and her crew are honored to represent the contributions of the U.S. Navy at this historic event,” shared Chris Volpe, Wing Leader, DFW Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. “This will be our first flight mission with the squadron, a great salute to the Greatest Generation who came before us.”

The mission behind the D-Day Squadron’s 2024 Legacy Tour is assembling a collective of international operators of WWII era aircraft, specifically the DC-3/C-47 type, to honor, pay tribute and commemorate the LEGACY of our WWII veterans, the Greatest Generation, through Europe. With a focus on both DDay80 and Berlin75, the 2024 Legacy Tour symbolizes a special salute to those who served, sacrificed, and gave so much to our great nations
“Having led the DC-3’s journey to Europe in 2019, the D-Day Squadron earned a global presence that’s provided our organization to grow, multiply our DC-3 connections and even launch the DC-3 Society where we actively aid operators, crews and enthusiasts with maintenance, operations, airworthiness, and displays,” shared Eric Zipkin, director of operations and mission chief pilot for the D-Day Squadron.

“We won the War because of our logistical abilities, it’s only appropriate we, as the stewards of this noble aircraft, continue to fly and maintain the very airframe that was the backbone to achieving victory.”
The aircraft which confirmed their participation as of November 10th commemorating Veteran’s and Remembrance Day are:

C-47 “Placid Lassie” ( N74589) - Tunison Foundation - USA

C-47 “That’s All, Brother” ( N74TB) - Commemorative Air Force Centex Wing - USA

C-47 “ Screaming Eagle” (N150D) - Private Owner - USA

R4D “ Ready 4 Duty” (151ZE) - Commemorative Air Force Dallas - Ft. Worth Wing - USA

C-53 “Spirit of Benovia” (N8336C) - Aerometal International - USA

C-41A “ Hap*penstance” (N341A) - RM Group LLC - USA

DC-3 “Chalair” (F-AZOX) - Private Owner - France

C-47 “Night Fright” (N308SF) - Night Fright Promotions Ltd - UK

C-47 “Drag ‘em Oot” (N473DC) - Aero Legends - UK

C-47 “Pegasus” (G-ANAF) - Aero Legends - UK

In the coming months, special features will be published across the D-Day Squadron’s social media channels on each historic aircraft, their webpages, and more detailed information on air crews.

We have plans to announce more aircraft soon, as we continue 2024 Legacy Tour mission preparations through the end of 2023, and into 2024.
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Re: D Day Squadron - 80th Anniversary Tour 2024

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I was recently told by one of the pilots that Spirit of Benovia has been sold and would not be making the trip. It was re-registered to a new owner a couple of weeks back.

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Re "C-47 “That’s All, Brother” ( N74TB) - Commemorative Air Force Centex Wing - USA"

The correct registration is N47TB.

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