D-Day Squadron: The Mission ContinuesIn 2019, 15 legendary DC-3 type aircraft made a historic North Atlantic crossing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and the 70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Featured on the international stage and in media across the world, the men and women of the D-Day Squadron touched tens of thousands of lives as they flew to honor the world’s Greatest Generation. Today our mission continues, to perpetuate the sights and sounds of “Flying Freedom,” and to promote the memory and knowledge of the Greatest Generation and the DC-3’s in which they flew, through airworthiness, display and education, facilitated by our incorporation as a DC-3 society.
“Our veterans are our window to the past, and this is a chance for us to continue honoring those who made sacrifices for the freedoms we have today.”
Major group milestones
- Daks over Duxford, Imperial War Museum- Duxford, England
- Featured display at the Shuttleworth Collection, Bedfordshire, England
- United States Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Berlin Airlift Airshow, Wiesbaden, Germany
- Bundeswehr Luftwaffe, Berlin Airlift 70th Anniversary commemorations, various locations throughout Germany
- June 6th American Cemetery Flyover for US & French Premieres, USAF-Europe, US Coast Guard, Patrouille de France
- 2020 Salute to America, U.S. Department of Interior/National Parks Service, Washington D.C.
- Various Commemorative Flyovers, United States, 2020
Planned Growth - Come Aboard Our Efforts
- Grow from a diverse and geographically dispersed core group into a worldwide society for history, education and display of the multifaceted and legendary DC-3 type aircraft with dynamic online and in person events.
- Outreach goal of ongoing educational collaboration with Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National WWII Museum, attracting and training the next generation of aviation professionals with quality STEM outreach.
- Enhance the continued airworthiness of the DC-3 type with cooperative parts and insurance sourcing, pilot and mechanic training and trend analysis, promoting safety and the conservation of existing aircraft.
- Establish the ‘Young Historians’ program of the D-Day Squadron to attract young researchers focused on researching, interviewing and writing about veterans of war.
- Provide grants and scholarships to promote “at risk” youth involvement in aviation maintenance and flying.
Aimpoint March 2022
- Double existing aircraft membership to 30 aircraft
- Expand existing pilot/mechanic cadre through training and recruiting
- Develop robust online presence with enthusiast/historian participation around the world to become clearinghouse of DC-3 historical and institutional knowledge
- Develop expanding student membership plugged into online and in person training and educational events with affiliate partners
- Increase the standard of flying and maintaining to increase safety and promote longevity of the fleet
Return on Investment / BenefitsA mutually beneficial partnership maximizing value to every class of membership while broadly promoting affiliate products and services.
- Social Media Presence to more than 50,000 fans and followers, with a platform that sees 60k monthly average in impressions/engagements
- Table promotions during our large shows such as SNF, OSH
- Logo on website
- Newsletter highlights and promotion
- Highlights during our webinar series
- Promotion with our youth outreach and educational events
- In-person promotion at DC-3 specific member events, formation and training clinics