From the Usual USAF Source...
Airmen Restore D-Day Aircraft: Airmen with the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Campbell, Ky., are helping to restore a C-47 Skytrain on static display that dropped paratroopers into France during the Normandy D-Day operation in June 1944, according to a June 3 unit release. Douglas Aircraft Company built this C-47, tail no. 42-100828, in 1942; the airplane deployed to Europe in 1944, said squadron officials. The restoration involves repainting the D-Day invasion stripes, stars, and bars, and other historical markings, they said. "Restoring this C-47 has been a huge success story, thanks to a team effort from the 19th ASOS and the 101st Airborne Division," said Col. Scott Kindsvater, 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing commander, parent unit of the squadron. He added, "They have preserved this World War II icon, an important piece of our common aviation history, to its full glory and at a very low cost compared to other aircraft restoration projects." (Fort Campbell release by Nondice Thurman)
Tomorrow is the 68th anniversary of The Longest Day. We'll prolly put up the same post and linkage we've posted for the last three years. Coz we're like that.
Apropos o' nuthin'... I'm old enough to have flown in a USAF C-47. Not the one above, of course, which is technically a US Army Air Corps C-47, but a real, gen-u-wine C-47 in active service... not a warbird... none the less. I also flew in DC-3s in commercial service, too. And Orville Wright was a neighbor o' mine.
Hockey season could be over tomorrow night, what with those Kings leading Joisey by a 3-0 margin. Debbils fans were all "it coulda gone either way!" about the first two games but I'm pretty sure they're singin' a different tune today... mainly coz El-Eh beat Joisey like a red-headed stepchild last evening. A sweep is not out of the question... not at all.