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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: D-Day Invasion 75th Anniversary Commemoration

The Aero Experience coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, continues with a look at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of northern France at Normandy. The Allies began the largest amphibious military operation in history on June 6, 1944, and more than 160,000 troops and 11,000 aircraft would participate. Included in the invasion were over 900 C-47/C-53 variants that transported paratroopers aboard or in towed gliders to areas behind the enemy lines during the night and in support of the main landings. In recent months, 75 years later, the event was commemorated at various locations including Normandy and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. 

Members of the D-Day Squadron flew to France, following the authentic ferry route from the U.S. to the U.K., to participate in D-Day commemoration flights on June 5 and June 6 of this year. In this post, we feature eight of the Douglas transports flying in formation during the Warbirds of America portion of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday airshows. But first we feature two aircraft on display in Boeing Plaza: That's All Brother, a D-Day pathfinder recently restored by Basler Turbo Conversions located on the airport grounds, was available for tours, and The Duchess of Dakota was given D-Day stripes by reenactors demonstrating how the aircraft were given the distinctive markings at the last moment using brushes, brooms and mops.

Thursday, July 25 Airshow

Friday, July 26 Airshow

Saturday, July 27 Airshow

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