Dakotas over Normandy Chocks Away….
For the 70th commemoration of the D-Day invasion of June 2014, a Parachuting Team is mobilising military style logistics to assemble as many airworthy Douglas C-47 Dakota’s it can find, at Cherbourg airport in France, as French News Online reported earlier.
Now the organisers of Daks Over Normandy report: “It is January 2014 and a good start has been made on preparations for our events. We have had successful talks with the local and regional authorities, as well as other parties who are involved in festivities surrounding the 70th Commemoration of the D-Day invasion. ‘Daks over Normandy’ will officially be a part of it all!
“Last December Daks over Normandy sent invites to owners of more than 20 DC-3/C-47’s and a number of them have responded very positively. We have had discussions with aircraft owners in Great Britain, France, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Austria, Hungary and even the United States. It is currently unclear exactly which Dak owners will give a definitive ‘yes’, but we will be updating as matters are finalised,” Peter Braun of Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT) which is coordinating the Daks over Normandy effort told French News Online.
“We have also made contact with other parachutist groups in the international community and are glad to tell you that besides our own RCPT jumpers, we will host delegations from the U.S-based Airborne Demonstration Team and the Airborne Heritage Platoon, and the Canadian Jumpers Parachute Group, based in Canada.
“Additionally, we are delighted to share news of the excellent cooperation we have established, with SNC-Lavalin, the Cherbourg-Maupertus airport operator. The Airport has graciously offered to renovate an old taxiway and provide Daks over Normandy with a large space to park our historical aircraft, making it possible for the general public to visit, see and examine the aircraft. During scheduled events, all parachutists taking part will be prepare for their jumps at the Cherbourg-Maupertus airport, very close to the aircraft. This combination of aircraft and parachutists will provide great opportunitiesfor striking photographs making a visit to the event a special experience. A meeting is planned with Air Total to discuss a request for the company to donate aviation fuel for the event, ” he said.
The provisional program of events is:
June 3 2014, Daks over Normandy will start at Daedalus Airport, Lee-on-Solent U.K.;
June 4 2014 all DC-3/C-47 aircraft, possibly escorted by Spitfires and Mustangs, will flyover the English Channel together and participate in a mass parachute drop at Carentan, Normandy;
June 5,6,7,8, 2014, The airport will be open to the public while parachute jumps will be take place into a number of historical drop zones, across Normandy.
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