In 2019, the D-Day Squadron completed a historic “Blue Spruce” Atlantic crossing to lead an American fleet of 15 restored C-47 and DC-3 variant World War II military aircraft to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift at sites throughout the UK, France, Germany and Italy.
TROOPS STORMED FIVE NORMANDY BEACHES, COMING IN FROM THE SEA
PARATROOPERS DROPPED BEHIND ENEMY LINES
11,000 AIRCRAFT FOR AIR COVER AND SUPPORT, 925 WERE C-47s
LIVES LOST OVER THE COURSE OF THE INVASION
A Vision for Future Flight
Returning home, our purpose is to promote DC-3 type aircraft airworthiness, serve members and promote static and flying displays for future generations. The North American DC-3 society was born to organize the collective efforts of enthusiasts, pilots, mechanics and operators to involve the next generation in “FLYING FREEDOM.”
Our mission is to organize the interest of DC-3 operators, enthusiasts and crew while maintaining airworthiness and displays for future generations to represent everything the DC-3 has accomplished in war and peace
Eric Zipkin, Chair
Provides oversight and guidance to unify the main efforts of the overall D-Day Squadron.
Hours in Flight
Did you Know? The Douglas DC-3, which made air travel popular, is universally recognized as the greatest airplane of its time. Some would argue that it is the greatest of all time…
Paul Bazeley, Chair
Promotes the long term airworthiness of the DC-3 type and provides guidance towards raising the standard of operating and maintaining the DC-3. Develops new and seasoned DC-3 mechanics to keep the type flying, far into the future.
Education and Outreach Committee
Gene Ott, Chair
Develops educational partnerships and opportunities to share living history; links the efforts of the D-Day Squadron with other historical, military and aviation groups.
Flight Operations Committee
Rod Moyer, Chair
Standardization team for bomber/transport category formation and operating procedures. Consolidates best practices and procedures to increase flight safety and train the next generation of DC-3 pilots with their significant DC-3 flight instruction experience.
Kevin Riley, Chair
Organizes Squadron functions and major events both virtual and in person. Organizes the cooperation between participating aircraft and their crews with event representatives. The events committee includes a parachute team liaison to be responsive to supported parachute organization’s needs and requests.