The American Airpower Museum’s C-47 D-Day Living History Flight Experience Returns May 14

Living historians and participants line up and board the AAM’s WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain “Second Chance”

The American Airpower Museum (AAM) continues its popular C-47 D-Day Living History Flight Experience with another set for May 14 (rainy date May 15). Guests travel aboard an original WWII-era Douglas C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft”Second chanceand are joined by AAM Living Historians for a breathtakingly realistic and unforgettable recreation of what American paratroopers experienced on D-Day. Three flights are scheduled for May 14between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and they go fast, so act now to reserve your C-47 flight by dialing (516) 531-3950 or (631) 454-2039 (during business hours). opening hours) or visit the Museum Gift Shop Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway in Farmingdale.

AMA Living History Flight Experience is a one-of-a-kind immersive educational program, where living historians join you in an original WWII C-47 to give a sense of what 101st and 82n/a Airborne Division paratroopers felt their incredible D-Day assault of 1,200 aircraft. Your Mission Commander is Robert Scarabino, Long Island’s famed living WWII historian, who has been leading AAM’s D-Day C-47 flights since 2003.

AAM World War II Douglas C-47 in flight over the south shore of Long Island

The mission includes: a briefing in the preparation room; a chance to wear authentic military jackets, helmets and gear; the actual sights, smells and sounds as the C-47’s two engines fire up and you take off into the blue; See, hear and feel the crew operate their C-47s as Scarabino orders his “paratroopers” to prepare for battle. Finally, you attach your parachute hook to the overhead static line for a simulated jump.

This is a family-friendly program for all ages and a wonderful way to educate young Americans about WWII and our greatest generation veterans. Support the AAM’s mission to honor veterans and military aviation history by helping to maintain and preserve these iconic aircraft, as well as the Museum’s incredible static displays.

The cost of each C-47 flight is $350. A flight experience allows you to bring an extra person who can visit the AAM exhibits for free all day. You can also visit AAM on May 14 just to watch the flights and visit the museum. In this case, admission for adults is $20, seniors and veterans $15, and children ages 5-12 $10. No tickets or pre-registration are necessary for regular admission.

Second chance“, an original WWII C-47, was transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1945 and flew in the Berlin Airlift (1948 – 1949) with the RAF, serving until 1950. The aircraft then served in the Belgian Air Force for two years.In 1952, she joined the French Air Force, serving two years in Viet Nam, as well as in India, Algeria, Morocco and the Congo In 1967, she was sold to Israel and flew in the Israel Defense Forces for 32 years.

The American Airpower Museum acquired the aircraft in 2000.”Second chanceregularly conducts AAM’s C-47 D-Day living history flights. She also performs at regional airshows in classic World War II D-Day markings with the original code “D8”. One of the last C-47s still in production military configuration, this aircraft has over 17,000 flight hours, one of the lowest flight times in the world.

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