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The North Atlantic Route

How exactly does a vintage, restored aircraft from World War II make it safely across the ocean to Europe?

The D-Day Squadron, made up of the entire American fleet of C-47s participating the in Daks Over Normandy flyover, will depart and travel together on what’s known as a Blue Spruce Route. This flight plan traverses the North Atlantic, allowing for fuel stops and guidance from ground-based navigational aids on the landmasses located along the route. Each site was selected because of its history as an active airfield during World War II that would have been a stopping point for these historic aircraft.

The Squadron will depart from Oxford, Connecticut (KOXC); stop to refuel in Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) in Newfoundland, Canada; refuel at Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) in southern Greenland; refuel at Reykjavik Airport (BIRK) in Iceland; and refuel a final time at Prestwick Airport (EPIK) on the Western coast of Scotland.

The fleet will then make the next leg of this epic trip with a jaunt to Duxford Airfield (EGSU) north of London where they will position themselves with the entire international C-47 fleet for the final leg to Caen-Carpiquet Airport (LFRK) in Normandy, France as part of the Daks Over Normandy event on June 6, 2019.

Warbird aircraft – flown in World War II at home or abroad – are meticulously maintained by a ground crew of certified aircraft mechanics that follow strict FAA standards. Pilots in command must also have a specialty type-rating to fly these vintage aircraft. They are safely operated and flown on a regular basis for pleasure, sport, entertainment and remembrance all around the world.

Join the D-Day Squadron to ensure their safe passage, secure necessary survival equipment and purchase the fuel that will get the aircraft and their crews to this extraordinary historic event.

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