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DAKS over Normandy Route
At approximately 13.40pm on Wednesday 5 June, more than 35 Douglas DC-3/C-47s will take to the skies from Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Escorted by a number of World War II fighters, they will set course for Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy. The planned flight will pass Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Maidstone and Eastbourne before heading out over The Channel.

They will pass Le Havre and then the historic UK Drop Zone at Ranville, where the skies will be filled with paratroopers jumping round military parachutes, as they descend in honour of the troops who did the same 75 years ago.

The fleet will then descend on Caen-Carpiquet Airport around 16.45pm (FR time) where they will be on display on 7 and 8 June.

DAKS over Normandy Route

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IWM announces D-Day 75 programme.





DAKS over Normandy at Duxford

DAKS over Normandy at Duxford
From 2 to 9 June 2019 the Daks over Normandy - 75th D-Day commemoration 1944 - 2019 event will take place in two locations. From 2 to 5 June at IWM Duxford Airfield, close to Cambridge and from 5 to 9 June at Caen Carpiquet Airport in France. Both these locations have been carefully chosen by the event organizers for their location, logistics and their wartime heritage.

Daks over Normandy is a once in a lifetime and unequalled event. For never since World War II have so many Douglas DC-3/C-47's again been assembled in one location. During the Daks over Normandy event in both the UK and France, the aircraft will be on display and will be demonstrated in flight. Scenic flights and parachute jumps will be organised. And just like on 5 June 1944, on the 5th of June 2019 all these aircraft will fly in formation across the English Channel for an airborne parachute drop over the original 1944 drop zones.

June the 6th 1944 (D-Day) was without a doubt one of the most important dates in modern history. It marks the date on which almost 160,000 Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches to start the liberation of Western-Europe. The assault was preceded by 24,000 troops who parachuted in or came by glider. The most important aircraft to support the airborne assault was formed by over 800 Douglas C-47 Skytrains (Dakotas). These winged work horses carried the brunt of all men into battle across the English Channel and may well be called the 'Unsung Heroes'. In June 2019 the D-Day Invasion will see her 75th commemoration. It will most probably be the very last large commemoration of this historic day.

DAKS over Normandy Programme for Duxford (02-05 June 2019):

Sunday 02 June (Open 10am to 6pm) - Arrival all Aircraft.

Monday 03 June (All day) - Normal opening day at IWM Duxford.
Monday 03 June (Open 10pm to 11pm) - Photo shoot for aviation photographers.

Tuesday 04 June (Open 10am to 6pm - Ticketed Event only:
Tuesday 04 June (10.00) - Official Opening
Tuesday 04 June (10.30) - Take-off Dakota Formation Flight
Tuesday 04 June (11.00 - 12.00) Morning Flight program
Tuesday 04 June * Dakota Formation Demo
Tuesday 04 June * Parachute jump Free fall Team
Tuesday 04 June * Flight Demo C-53 LN-WND
Tuesday 04 June (11.30) - Landing Dakota Formation Flight
Tuesday 04 June (14.00) - Take-off Dakota Formation Flight
Tuesday 04 June (14.30 - 15.30) - Morning Flight program
Tuesday 04 June * Dakota Formation Demo
Tuesday 04 June * Parachute jump Free fall Team
Tuesday 04 June * Flight Demo C-53 LN-WND
Tuesday 04 June (15.30) - Landing Dakota Formation Flight
Tuesday 04 June (15.30 - 16.30) Practise mass parachute jump with round parachutes
Tuesday 04 June (All day) - Air market, vendors, food trucks
Tuesday 04 June (All day) - Scenic DC-3 Flights
Tuesday 04 June (All day) - Photo flights DC-3's with T-6's as photo aircraft.
Tuesday 04 June (All day) - Photo flights DC-3's with Dragon Rapide as photo aircraft

Wednesday 05 June (10.30) - Take-off Dakota Formation Flight
Wednesday 05 June (11.00 - 12.00) - Morning Flight program
Wednesday 05 June * Dakota Formation Demo
Wednesday 05 June * Parachute jump Free fall Team
Wednesday 05 June * Flight Demo C-53 LN-WND
Wednesday 05 June (11.30) - Landing Dakota Formation Flight
Wednesday 05 June (All day) - Air market, vendors, food trucks
Wednesday 05 June (Morning) - Scenic DC-3 Flights
Wednesday 05 June (Morning) - Photo flights DC-3's with T-6's as photo aircraft.
Wednesday 05 June (Morning) - Photo flights DC-3's with Dragon Rapide as photo aircraft
Wednesday 05 June (12.00 - 13.30) - Flight preparations and preparations of the Parachutists
Wednesday 05 June (13.40 - 14.05) - Departure all aircraft to Normandy

Aircraft taking part:
Super DC-3S N29TN
DC-3 N877MG
DC-3A N18121
R4D-6S N151ZE 'Ready for Duty'
C-53D N45366 'D-Day Doll'
C-47 'That's all Brother'
C-53 N534BE 'The Duchess'
C-47 N473DC 'Drag 'em Oot'
C-47 N47SJ 'Betsy's Biscuit Bomber'
C-47A N47E 'Miss Virginia'
C-53DO N8336C 'The Spirit of Benovia'
C-47B N836M 'Luck of the Irish'
DC-3 F-AZTE
DC3A N472AF 'KG668'
DC-3 N24320 'Miss Montana'
AC-47 N2805J 'Spooky'
C-47A RA-2944G
DC-3 TF-NPK 'Pall Sveinsson'
Douglas DC-3C N25641 'Liberty'
DC-3 SE-CFP 'Daisy'
DC-3A OH-LCH
DC-3 N431HM
C-41A N341A
DC-3 N28AA
C-47 N834M
DC-3 (C-53D) LN-WND
C-47A RA-05738
DC-3 'Gamle Dame' OY-BPB
C-47 'Flabob Express' N103NA
DC-3 'Prinses Amalia' PH-PBA
DC-3 ZS-NTE
DC-3C PH-DDZ
C-47 'Virginia Ann' N62CC
C-47 'Placid Lassie' N74589
Aero Passion DC-3 HB-IRJ
Lisunov Li-2 'Karman Todor' HA-LIX
DC-3 F-AZOX
C-47 N147DC