I’m down in Sitka right now getting the annual done on the Cessna 206. Was supposed to be done yesterday, but we had to change out a cylinder and realign my rudder. Otherwise, everything else went smoothly. But I’m still stuck in SIT. Wasn’t planning to bring my laptop, but with the D-Day events happening, ya the laptop came.
I still have a few minutes of June 5th left way out west in Alaska. The 5th was when those amazing young punks jumped out of thousands of C-47’s to secure roads, bridges and approaches to the Normandy Coast to save the world from evil. I already posted about the C-47 “Liberty” and have been following her flight from Denver to England. Well, it is the 6th now in Europe and “Liberty” is in France. Here is a screenshot of her tracking since she arrived in England…
A few days ago, they flew down to the southern coast, then back to Dukford Airport. Yesterday when they should have been loading up paratroopers for the drop, they flew around the local Dukford area. Apparently, the weather was terrible, so they had to postpone the jump – not unlike the weather 75 years ago! This morning, they were in France at Caen. Boy, do I wish I was there with my other plane, instead of here with the Cessna…
This has been a productive trip though, as we have been discussing a plan to get our C-47 back in the air with my mechanics. A year late, but maybe this time it’ll happen. They suggested a Go-Fund-Me page, but I have no idea where to begin with that. Anyone out there with some experience, give me a call! I need help with that.
A friend has been feeding me photos from the D-Day events and if it is OK, I’ll post some below:
From the WWII Airborne Demonstration team from a FB post yesterday.
Overlord Update—75 year-ago-redux. If you’ve watched Band of Brothers you know the phrase, “No jump tonight.” That was the situation then and it was our situation today. Rain and high winds on the drop zone. And, so, we’re waiting. And, while we wait, we train! We turned today’s disappointment into a dress rehearsal for tomorrow, putting on our parachutes, adjusting our gear, practicing our safety procedures, going up on flights, and then adjusting to see how we can do it again even better. Things happen for a reason—if you’re willing to give them one. And, so we’ve done just that. Tomorrow’s forecast? It’s tough. And, it’s changing by the moment. If you’re a person of faith, we invite you to join us in prayer for dry calm conditions tomorrow with a high cloud ceiling. If prayers are not your approach, we welcome any good thoughts. Thank you for being with us through this. We’ll report tomorrow as soon as we know our status! Photos are of just a few of our members today. By Max Ipinza, Like Sharrett, and Andrew Kristopik #overlord19 #dday75 #daksovernormandy #DDay #Veterans
From the FB page for That’s All Brother Commemorative Air Force
“No livestream today, but there was this….a sight not seen for maybe 75 years…(photo by John Cyrier)”
No updates but I’ve seen where they have crossed the channel 3 hours ago. I’m sure this afternoon I’ll have some pictures and possibly videos to share.
I watched a video where somebody on the demonstration team said that the weather may be too bad for jumpers but they’ll still fly over the memorial at Normandy. Not sure what is going on at the Moment.