Daks over Beachy Head

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Daks over Beachy Head

Postby Hagar » Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:09 pm

Along with thousands of others I went over to Beachy Head today to watch a special tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The event was entitled Daks Over Normandy & involved a formation of DC-3, C-47 & C-53 from all over the World including the D-Day Squadron from the USA. I didn't manage to count them all but there were more than 35 aircraft involved.
More details here --> https://www.daksovernormandy.com

The weather was grey & overcast but at least it didn't rain. The take-off from Duxford was delayed for a couple of hours but it was well worth waiting for.
We picked the right spot as they flew right over our heads. What a fantastic sight & sound. Well Done to everyone involved! :clap:

Here's a few photos which don't do it justice. The first one shows the first part of the formation, a group of 10 Daks escorted by a couple of Beech 18s & Texans. The others followed in smaller flights with a couple of stragglers bringing up the rear.

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Re: Daks over Beachy Head

Postby B0ikat » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:35 pm

Tat's a thing of beauty, it is!
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Re: Daks over Beachy Head

Postby Hagar » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:37 am

Indeed it is. I found this video of the mass departure from Duxford. https://youtu.be/oUuWKsRshT8

Apparently 23 Daks took part in the flight to Normandy, including the sole airworthy Li-2 HA–LIX. A most impressive effort by all concerned.
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