D-Day Squadron Personnel Will Share Atlantic Crossing Story at AirVenture

Ten of the original D-Day Squadron aircraft will land at this year's AirVenture.

The D-Day event kept 75 pilots and crew on the road for seven weeks.Pia Bergqvist

Herding 15 C-47 and DC-3 aircraft for a trip across the Atlantic was no small task, but the D-Day Squadron did just that to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings. Next week, 10 of the Squadron's airplanes will visit AirVenture in Oshkosh.

The D-Day Squadron is hosting a press conference on Thursday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at EAA Press HQ to explain how the huge effort came together to fly Squadron aircraft 150,000 miles in total that consumed 1,050 miles of over-water flight alone for the 15 aircraft that participated. Some 75 pilots participated in the effort that kept crews on the roads for seven weeks.

Of course, no single person was responsible for this D-Day effort. Lyndse Constabile, D-Day Squadron’s Corporate and Donor Relations specialist said, “Discounted fuel, ground handling, FBO fees, flight gear, event sponsorship, marketing support; the efforts contributed by these organizations was as fitting as the tribute they helped to produce. They came together in many ways with the same mindset and unified purpose they did 75 years ago.”

Flying's associate editor Julie Boatman will be on hand to cover next week's press conference for those who can't attend so keep an eye out for that story.