Dakotas Over Normandy

In June, we had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Daks Over Normandy event in connection with the Breitling sponsored DC-3 HB-IRJ.

A month has passed, but we still can’t stop thinking about the sight and sound of all of those DC-3s, C-47s, and an Li-2 gathered together to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of DDay.

We gathered at the airfield in Lee on Solent, and flew in formation across the English Channel on June 5th, landing at Cherbourg Maupertus Airport. With Cherbourg as our base, we conducted sightseeing flights through the week, and soaked up as much round engine exposure as possible!

Under pensive skies in Lee:IMG_2661Some of the participating aircraft:

The world’s only airworthy Li-2, the Russian version of the C-47. Complete with a Huck Starter!IMG_2647Drag Em OotIMG_2292Inside the Cockpit of the Air France DC-3IMG_2659Parajumpers readying:IMG_2917In formation:IMG_2654IMG_2658 IMG_2655 IMG_2653IMG_2663T6 Camera Ship:IMG_2605Taking in the sights during one spare day in Sainte Mère Eglise and Sainte Marie du Mont:IMG_2562IMG_2649IMG_2650IMG_2547Black Hawks visiting Cherbourg:IMG_2673IMG_2675

Of course, these pictures barely scratch the surface–check out www.daksovernormandy.com to see more background of this amazing event.


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