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Picture of the Day: Battle over Homestead

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Lynn Wolfe submitted the following photo and note: “The Tora! Tora! Tora! reenactment team put on an explosive show during the Wings Over Homestead Airshow in Florida Nov. 3-4, 2018.” Would you like to have your photo featured as Picture of the Day? You can submit it via this form. All photos sent in for […]
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Daks Over Normandy Group Has 37 Aircraft Lined Up For Massive 2019 D-Day Commemoration – But They Need Your Help!

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C-47 Skytrains - Daks Over Normandy

June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on World War II, and a massive operation is underway to get dozens of warbirds over to Europe to commemorate the event. This project, focused on DC-3/C-47 transports, goes by the appropriate name “Daks Over Normandy”.

So far, the multi-national team behind Daks has lined up 37 of the historic aircraft – currently based around the world – to converge on IWM Duxford Airfield in the UK and France next spring to take part in a series of flights and reenactments. Many of the aircraft are part of a related effort called the “D-Day Squadron”, which aims to bring US-based DC-3s together for a group flight across the North Atlantic to Europe following the same routing they might have taken during the war; a long and expensive journey.

Once in the UK, the assembled force will participate in a series of flights and paradrop reenactments before flying en masse across the English Channel together to perform a massive paradrop into an original 1944 drop zone in Normandy on June 5th. It is a gathering that may never be seen again. The aircraft will then land at Caen Carpiquet Airport and base there for further flying before the event concludes.

Of course, one can’t talk warbirds without also talking money. Ferrying even one aircraft across the Atlantic will cost thousands of dollars – and that’s with an all-volunteer crew! Keeping the aircraft going through Europe will require even more funds. The entire effort relies on donations, and the Daks organization recently announced their “Adopt an Aircraft” program, which seeks corporate and private sponsors and offers promotional branding, aircraft access, and VIP events for donors. Donations of all types are welcomed!

You can find out more at DaksOverNormandy.com, and you can contact the organization directly to arrange a donation.

Please consider supporting this incredible project, and look for more coverage of the Daks next year!

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Fort Worth to decide Red Bull Air Race World Championship

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The finale of the 2018 Red Bull Air Race season will be held in Fort Worth Nov. 17-18, with the USA's Michael Goulian in line to take the championship for the first time.
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Blue Angels Arrive in Duluth, Prepping for 2019 Airshow - WDIO

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Blue Angels Arrive in Duluth, Prepping for 2019 Airshow
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"Having the Blue Angels return to Duluth is an honor," said Duluth Airshow President/Founder Ryan Kern. "The fact that a military demonstration team like the Blue Angels wants to come back shows they enjoy the Duluth community." The Blue Angels will ...

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Harvey R. Alexander

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Class 44-D-TE 4/15/1944 2nd Lt. 0828041 Georgetown, IL April 13, 1921- August 16, 2013 Alexander was born April 13, 1921, in Georgetown, Ill., the son of a coal miner. The family was so poor that Alexander, the second of nine children, walked to school barefoot. His family couldn’t afford shoes. […]

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Edward J. “Skipper” Harris Jr

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Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64625 Pittsburgh, PA 1932 – August 30, 2001 This amazing true story came to us courtesy of friend Regis Bobonis, Sr., a champion of the Airmen and a respected historian. “Mayday! Mayday! I am Silvertone. My bird just flamed out. Mayday!” “I read you Silvertone,” […]

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