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DAKS over Normandy


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

DAKS over Normandy official website.

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DAKS over Normandy at Duxford & Prestwick

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 (10.00) - IWM Duxford open to the public.
Sunday 02 June (All Day) - DC-3s arriving.
Sunday 02 June (18.00) - IWM Duxford closed to the public.

Monday 03 June (10.00) - IWM Duxford open to the public.
Monday 03 June (All Day) - Pleasure Flying.
Monday 03 June (11.00 to 12.00) - Formation Training Flights.
Monday 03 June (15.00) - Arrival of Parachutists.
Monday 03 June (18.00) - IWM Duxford closed to the public.
Monday 03 June (20.00 to 23.00) - Evening shoot for aviation photographers (advanced tickets only).

Tuesday 04 June (10.00) - IWM Duxford open to the public (advanced tickets only).
Tuesday 04 June (All Day) - Pleasure Flying.
Tuesday 04 June (10.00 to 18.00) Large WW2 airbourne exhibition - Airspace Conservation hall.
Tuesday 04 June (10.00 to 18.00) 16th Air Assault brigade display and demonstrations.
Tuesday 04 June (10.00 to 18.00) Traders and retail stands open.
Tuesday 04 June (11.00 to 12.30) Air Display - 4-ship formations, single DC-3 Demo, parachute teams.
Tuesday 04 June (12.30 to 13.30) Air Display - D-Day aircraft parade.
Tuesday 04 June (14.30 to 15.30) Round canopy parachute drop of 220 parachutists.
Tuesday 04 June (16.00 to 16.30) Air Display - D-Day aircraft parade.
Tuesday 04 June (16.45 to 18.00) Formation training flights.
Tuesday 04 June (18.00) - IWM Duxford closed to the public.

Wednesday 05 June (10.00) IWM Duxford open to the public (advanced tickets only).
Wednesday 05 June (10.00 to 18.00) Large WW2 airbourne exhibition - Airspace Conservation hall.
Wednesday 05 June (10.00 to 18.00) 16th Air Assault brigade display and demonstrations.
Wednesday 05 June (10.00 to 18.00) Traders and retail stands open.
Wednesday 05 June (11.00 to 12.30) Loading and refuelling of aircraft.
Wednesday 05 June (12.30 to 13.00) Aircraft marshalling for departure.
Wednesday 05 June (13.00 to 13.30) Parachutists boarding all aircraft.
Wednesday 05 June (13.40 to 14.10) Take-off all aircraft and forming up of formations.
Wednesday 05 June (14.10 to 14.15) Mass formation over Duxford, heading off to Normandy.
Wednesday 05 June (14.15 to 14.45) D-Day aircraft parade.
Wednesday 05 June (15.00) All flying stops.
Wednesday 05 June (18.00) - IWM Duxford closed to the public.

Daks over Normandy (France) schedule.
Aircraft taking part (updated):
DC-3 N41CQ 'Congo Queen'
Douglas DC-3C N25641 'Liberty'
DC-3 N877MG
DC-3A N18121
C-53D N45366 'D-Day Doll'
C-47 'That's all Brother'
C-53 N534BE 'The Duchess of Dakota'
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'
DC3A N472AF 'KG668'
DC-3 N24320 'Miss Montana'
C-47A RA-2944G
Super DC-3S N29TN
DC-3 SE-CFP 'Daisy'
C-47A RA-05738
C-47 ZA947 'Kwicherbichen'
DC-3 N33611 'Clipper Tabitha May'
C-47 N150D
DC-3 N431HM
C-41A N341A
DC-3 N28AA
DC-3 (C-53D) LN-WND
DC-3 'Gamle Dame' OY-BPB
C-47 'Flabob Express' N103NA
DC-3 'Prinses Amalia' PH-PBA
C-47 'Virginia Ann' N62CC
C-47 'Placid Lassie' N74589
Lisunov Li-2 'Karman Todor' HA-LIX
C-47 N147DC

NATS Aeronautical Information Service.

On 5 June 2019, following participation in the 'DAKS over Duxford' event, up to 35 Dakotas will fly in formation from Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire to Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. The route will be from Duxford Aerodrome - Sudbury - Colchester - Southend Airport - Maidstone - Eastbourne - London FIR Boundary. All timing are in GMT - Add 1 hour for BST.

DAKS over Normandy - Duxford Route 5th June 2019.

Click on the pictures to see the NOTAMS and Google Map of the Route.

DAKS over Normandy Tickets

DAKS over Prestwick

The Dakotas based in North America, which are taking part in the 'DAKS over Normandy' event, will fly over the Atlantic via Canada, Greenland and Iceland on their way to Prestwick Airport in Scotland. The aircraft should start to arrive at Prestwick on Thursday 23rd May 2019 and will depart to Duxford & Normandy after the Bank Holiday weekend.

Here is your once in a lifetime chance to experience aviation history up close and personal. Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May.

The 75th Anniversary of D Day is likely to be the last time that a major collection of vintage C47s will gather to commemorate the invasion of France and the beginning of the end of World War 2. The D Day Squadron are part of the Tunison Foundation and are bringing at least 11 C47s to Prestwick on their way to Normandy.

As these aircraft are mainly operated as charities or volunteer groups they have had to raise lots of money to make this trip possible. The Squadron said they were very keen to allow the public to come and see and even go on board these beautiful aeroplanes.

Prestwick Airport had an amazingly important part in WW2 and thousands of aircraft came through the airport on their way to war and going home again. The airport remains a fully operational airport 24 hours a day but the management of the airport are also very keen that people can see this once in a lifetime collection of aircraft and have made space available to set up a public exhibition area.

You will be able to see the aircraft at the former HMS Gannet site (entrance through Monkton) on Saturday 25th May. There is also a special evening / night viewing which will allow a limited number of photographers to see all the aircraft in the evening some specially selected aircraft under specially erected floodlights.

Book your place now.

Profits from the event will help pay for the fuel for these incredible aeroplanes and send them on their way to this final D Day anniversary.

Public Day - Saturday 25th May 2019
Car Park Opens - 9:00am
Event Opens - 10:00am
Event Closes - 5:00pm
Car Parks Close - 6:00pm

Enthusiast Photography Day - Friday 24th May 2019
Car Park Opens - 7:00pm
Event Opens - 8:00pm
Event Closes - 11:00pm
Car Parks Close - 11:30pm

On Friday night and Saturday the static aircraft park will be at the Monkton side of the airport and the entrance and car parking is the Watson's car park which is off Baird Road. Click here for a Google map.

Here are the aircraft which are currently planned to arrive at Prestwick Airport:
1. C-47 Placid Lassie (N74589)
2. C-47 That's All Brother (N88874 )
3. C-47 D-day Doll (N45366)
4. C-47 Miss Montana (N24320)
5. DC-3 Miss Virginia (N47E)
6. C-47 Virginia Ann (N62CC)
7. DC-3 Flabob Express (N103NA)
8. DC-3 Spirit of Benovia (N8336C)
9. C-47 Betsy's Biscuit Bomber (N47SJ)
10. DC-3 Legend Airways (N25641)
11. DC-3 Pan Am Clipper (N877MG)

Click on aircraft name above to track flight.

Track 'C-47 That's All Brother' and other Dakotas (Click on list of aircraft above) as they arrive in the UK from the USA via Canada, Greenland, Iceland and landing at Prestwick airport on Thursday 23rd May.