Commemorative Air Force to Participate in Daks Over Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
(June 5, 2018 – San Marcos, Texas) - The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is gearing up to participate in Daks over Normandy, an event which will honor the 75th Anniversary of D-Day next summer in Normandy, France. To accomplish this the CAF D-Day Wing was formed. This group of volunteers is focused on preparing these extraordinary aircraft and their crews for the epic mission across the North Atlantic.
The CAF D-Day Wing will join about 15 other historic military aircraft from the U.S., deploying as one American contingent (D-Day Squadron) and flying in formation from Oxford, Connecticut to Duxford Airfield in England. Once in Europe, the American fleet will join dozens more aircraft for the D-Day anniversary to fly together over the beaches of France and deploy paratroopers on June 6, 2019, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. This amazing sight will create a monumental tribute to the Allied forces, this commemoration will also include several days of displays and educational opportunities for the public.
“To see these aircraft fly at any event is captivating, but to be able to participate in this event and play a role in honoring the service and sacrifice of these veterans is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved,” said D-Day Wing Leader Joe Enzminger. To make the mission a success, Enzminger will lead a force of volunteer crewmembers to help handle all the logistics surrounding the tour. “This event is a tremendous undertaking. We need to raise around $1 million to cover the expenses of traveling to Europe and making sure the aircraft are outfitted with the right equipment for the month-long tour. The Tunison Foundation has committed to supporting part of the tour and we are actively looking for additional sponsors and donors to give to this mission,” Enzminger said.
The three CAF aircraft attending the anniversary are: C-47 That’s All, Brother, of San Marcos, Texas; C-47 Bluebonnet Belle, of Burnet, Texas; and C-53 D-Day Doll, of Riverside, California.
“For more than 60 years the Commemorative Air Force has served to honor those who fought and died for our freedoms in World War II by flying our historic aircraft. I cannot think of a more appropriate occasion than this important anniversary for our aircraft to attend,” said CAF President/CEO Bob Stenevik. “This will be the last time an appreciable number of veterans will be able to see these aircraft fly as they did on June 6, 1944. Those who are able to support this event are doing a tremendous service to honoring our American history.”
To learn more about the CAF D-Day Wing, contact Andy Maag at (512) 710-7712 or visit www.cafddaywing.org. CAF D-Day Wing Media Kit Download- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9t33af22rdwep4h/AABvnMjNLBmOhS1Nrs4ooas-a?dl=0
About the Commemorative Air Force
Collecting, restoring, and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest private air force in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition, Education, and Remembrance. A nonprofit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of more than 170 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 70 units located in 27 states for care and operation. The mission of the Commemorative Air Force is to honor the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that mission is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition and taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.