Dynamic Aviation of Bridgeport, Virginia has a long-established and impeccable pedigree within the aviation industry, along with a diverse portfolio of interests. They have also played a significant role in supporting the preservation and promotion of aviation history as well. This has ranged from donating a Beech RU-21A Ute (and many components for its restoration) to the 138th Aviation Company Memorial, all the way up to their Herculean efforts to resurrect and restore the Lockheed VC-121A Constellation known as Columbine II; President Eisenhower’s personal transport and the very first aircraft to operate as Air Force One.
But this organization also occupies a unique position within the D-Day Squadron; it has both a participating aircraft (the C-47 Miss Virginia) and is reinforcing the Squadron mission by providing a King Air 200 support aircraft. This aircraft is transporting key personnel, such as Kevin Riley, Flight Logistics Coordinator for the D-Day Squadron.
“Our ability to keep track of multiple airborne aircraft, the changing weather and also be prepared to assist in an emergency was made possible by our partnership with Dynamic Aviation,” stated Riley. “Their generous contribution to the D-Day Squadron team directly enabled the safe and successful transit of the historic North Atlantic ‘Blue Spruce’ route.”
“At Dynamic Aviation, we like to talk about Innovation taking flight,” added Karl Stoltzfus, Sr., Founder and Chairman of Dynamic Aviation. “What the D-Day Squadron is doing fits the very definition of this idea, and we love helping to solve some of the many logistic challenges that such a monumental effort generates along the way. Add to that the tribute we are paying to the heroes of this nation, and it just becomes something we had to be a part of.”
The D-Day Squadron has almost completed its journey now, successfully flying fifteen C-47 and DC-3 aircraft across the original North Atlantic “Blue Spruce” route, to once again ply the same skies over Normandy France where hundreds of their brethren (including some within the D-Day Squadron) dropped thousands of paratroopers on the night of June 5th 1944 in support of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. The D-Day Squadron have managed to accomplish this feat—all in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The D-Day Squadron will join with its European counterparts, Daks over Normandy, to participate in multiple celebratory events in Britain from June 2 thru June 5, 2019. The combined fleet of historic aircraft will then cross the English Channel on June 5th to fly over Normandy, France and drop 200+ paratroopers in and around the original D-Day drop zones. Following the paradrop, the historic transport aircraft will then participate in multiple events at Caen-Carpiquet Airport from June 5th thru 9th, 2019.
About the D-Day Squadron
The D-Day Squadron is the part of the Tunison Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In June 2019, the D-Day Squadron will lead an American fleet of historic, restored C-47 World War II military aircraft in Daks Over Normandy, a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to drop more than 200 paratroopers over the original 1944 drop zones in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The event will honor the citizen soldiers of the War, whose bravery led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating War in Europe. The Squadron’s education program takes the compelling story of the citizen soldier to audiences at airshows and events off the flight line to honor these brave Americans and ensure their memory and significance is appreciated for generations to come. The group’s efforts are funded through the generous tax-deductible contribution of their supporters. Learn more at DDaySquadron.org.
About Dynamic Aviation
Dynamic Aviation is the leading provider of innovative special-mission aviation solutions designed to meet the unique requirements of government and commercial organizations worldwide. The company delivers customized aerial assets and services to support a wide range of customers including national defense, military intelligence, federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profit research organizations, and private companies. Dynamic Aviation has the flexibility and resources to deliver world-class aviation solutions that combine mission-modified aircraft, experienced flight crews and comprehensive maintenance services. The company operates a 150,000-square-foot heavy maintenance and modification center, engine shop and privately-owned airport at its headquarters in Bridgewater, Va. Dynamic Aviation employs more than 725 aviation professionals, owns over 140 aircraft and operates from 18 locations in five countries across three continents. For more information, please visit www.dynamicaviation.com.