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DC-3's to Normandy

Postby klonk on Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:29 pm

The DC-3/C-47/Dakota is one of the great airplanes. It figured prominently in the D-Day invasion and a gaggle of them returned to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AZ1wvK7mYM




Amazingly, quite a few of this old model are still in use; the last ones were built in 1946.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9SDagZt5i4

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Re: DC-3's to Normandy

Postby klonk on Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:08 pm

Dropping off the pax:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cga2Bv_fkno



Inside view of deplaning, though not from this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMgD0VaYms4



Much quicker and more orderly than getting off the airliner these days.
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Re: DC-3's to Normandy

Postby aamc on Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:12 pm

My father went to Normandy to watch this. I decided to pass on it, it didn't seem right. It didn't feel like a celebration or honouring the dead, it felt like a weird fetish. If you want to see DC-3/C-47s together, then just organise a meet, like a classic car meet. Anyway, my 2 cents.
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Re: DC-3's to Normandy

Postby KEND on Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:04 am

In the 50's the Dakota was still around, while in the RAF I travelled several times on it. It was noisy, broke your bones but always got there with minimum delay. As for D Day, it should be a reminder of the carnage of war, the chickenhawks and cowards are very good at sending young men to die where they would not go. This may have been the last 'good' war the ones since then are about commerce and politics
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