Oxford, Conn. – March 28th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron, part of the Tunison Foundation, announced today that the organization will be hosting a press conference during SUN ‘n FUN, one of the nation’s premier airshows, aircraft exposition, and fly-in. The press conference will take place on April 2nd, 2019 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and will provide members of the media and general public a chance to connect with some of the pilots and crews that will be crossing the North Atlantic in 70+ year old aircraft to participate in the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. Click HERE to register for the press conference and media flight.
“This was one of the pivotal moments—a turning point in the history of the Second World War,” stated Moreno Aguiari, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the D-Day Squadron. “With the core of our mission focused on flying historic aircraft along the original route used to ferry these same aircraft during the war, we couldn’t think of a better place that SUN ‘n FUN to share the details of this mission. It’s also our opportunity to share living history and honor the veterans of D-Day with both the public and the aviation community.”
The C-47 and DC-3 aircraft of the D-Day Squadron that will be participating in SUN ‘n FUN in include C-47s Placid Lassie, That’s All, Brother and Tico Belle, as well as the DC-3 Flabob Express. Flabob Express will be making a flight from California to attend this event. There will be plenty of opportunities to see the aircraft in action, as they will be practicing formation flying during the week of April 2nd-7th 2019 and participating in the airshows of SUN ‘n FUN on April 6th-7th, 2019.
“The D-Day Squadron is a great addition to our exciting SUN ‘n FUN lineup,” said SUN ‘n FUN Director of Business Development Greg Gibson. “We offer an array of warbird activities, and the D-Day Squadron’s goodwill-oriented program honoring the veterans of D-Day brings value and interest to both aviation and history enthusiasts at our event.”
This spring, the D-Day Squadron will fly the original “Blue Spruce” route, with C-47s departing from Oxford, Connecticut (KOXC); stopping to refuel in Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) in Newfoundland, Canada, Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) in southern Greenland, Reykjavik Airport (BIRK) in Iceland and refueling a final time at Prestwick Airport (EPIK) on the Western coast of Scotland before making the final leg to Duxford Airfield (EGSU) north of London.
Once arriving in Duxford Airfield, the D-Day Squadron will join with its European counterpart, Daks over Normandy, to participate in multiple events on June 2nd-5th, 2019. The combined fleet of historic aircraft will cross the English Channel on June 5th, fly over Normandy, France, and participate in multiple events at Caen-Carpiquet Airport from June 5th-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 250 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.