Historic World War II aircraft from D-Day to visit Huntsville May 16-17
The local Commemorative Air Force, Rocket City Wing, is hosting That’s All, Brother, the authentic C-47A Skytrain troop transport that led the main Allied airborne invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Visitors can tour the aircraft and purchase flight experiences over downtown Huntsville. The aircraft will be staged at Executive Flight Center Inc., KMDQ – Huntsville Executive Airport, 360 Clyde Shelton Drive, Meridianville, AL, 35759
WHEN: The event will be open to the public Tue, May 16 – Wed, May 17
Suggested donation for tours:
$20 per family (up to 5 people), $10 for adults, and $5 for children (ages 12 & under).
Living history flight experiences in That’s All, Brother are $275 per passenger.
About the C-47A That’s All, Brother (Named by its D-Day crew as a message to Adolf Hitler)
“That’s All, Brother” was the C-47A troop carrier aircraft that led the main Allied airborne invasion on D-Day, June 6, 1944, carrying 101st Airborne Division paratroopers into France during the D-Day invasion. During the remainder of World War II, That’s All, Brother served in Operation Dragoon, Market Garden, the Relief of Bastogne, and Operation Varsity. After the War, the aircraft was sold as surplus. Its significant role and contribution to history were almost forgotten. In 2007, it was discovered by a historian in a boneyard, destined to be scavenged for parts or converted into a more modern aircraft. In 2015, the CAF rescued the aircraft from the boneyard and began an extensive project to make it airworthy and meticulously restore it to its 1944 condition, including the D-Day invasion stripes. A successful Kickstarter campaign and subsequent fundraising campaigns raised over $3 million to fund the complete restoration of That’s All, Brother, returning it to its D-Day configuration. It flew for the first time since its restoration in January 2018. In June 2019, it returned to England and France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day (flying over Omaha Beach on June 6, 2019), the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. It was featured at the 2019 Paris Airshow. Since returning home, That’s All, Brother tours throughout the U.S., stopping in cities for tours and rides, serving as a flying museum and monument dedicated to those who bravely served to protect our freedom. www.thatsallbrother.org
About the Commemorative Air Force (CAF):
The CAF’s mission is to Educate, Inspire, and Honor through flight and living history experiences. As the world’s largest flying museum, it has spent over six decades collecting and flying World War II aircraft. Their fleet of over 180 World War II airplanes are assigned to unit locations across the U.S. and overseas, supported by over 19,000 volunteer members. Nearly all the aircraft are kept in flying condition, enabling people to experience firsthand the sights and sounds of vintage military aircraft in flight. To learn more about the organization, visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.