NMUSF welcomes C-47 Fly-In and Paratrooper Jump

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A perfect illustration of the early stages of parachute deployment as re-enactors leave Placid Lassie over the Sannerville drop zone in quick succession. (photo by Mike Killian)
LIFT APRIL 2022

Two World War II C-47 Skytrain jets that flew the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, will roar into the skies over the National Museum of the Air Force on Wednesday, April 27, performing a jump parachutist followed by two daily static displays. The planes, “Tico Belle” and “Placid Lassie”, are due to drop the paratrooper at 1:30 p.m. and then land on the runway behind the museum. Both aircraft will be on public display after landing on the 27th and throughout the day on the 28th.

Valiant Air Command C-47 Skytain D-Day veteran Tico Belle comes ashore after D-Day 75 flypast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
. (photo by George Land)

Visitors can watch the plane drop and land from the museum’s main parking lot or from the designated viewing area near Memorial Park. Shuttles will be available for those wishing to see the aircraft up close between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. on the 27th and again from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 28th. For more information, visit the museum’s website at address www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/c-47/

Visitors are also invited to watch the plane depart from the museum’s runway at 4 p.m. on April 28. Viewing areas for departure will be the main visitor parking lot or a designated viewing area near the Memorial Park.

In 2022, we proudly celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. Throughout the year, we will host a variety of events and exhibits to share Air Force history and the stories of our Airmen with the public. A full calendar of events and exhibitions is available at https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/75th-anniversary/.

A Douglas C-47 Skytrain in D-Day garb at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. An example of a WACO CG-4A glider, which some Douglas transports towed to Normandy for the invasion, hangs overhead to the right of the chassis. (photo via NMUSAF)

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