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VAC C-47 “Tico Belle” heading back to Normandy

The “Daks over Normandy” has announced that the Valiant Air Command will be flying their C-47 to Normandy to participate in the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 2019. Plans are to have over 30 DC-3/C-47 on hand to commemorate the D-Day landings and the men behind it. Aircraft for all around the world will be flying in to honor the event. In addition, many will be participating in airborne drops.

The VAC is looking for monetary donations to support this flight. The “Tico Belle” is a combat veteran having participated in these WW2 operations:

Normandy – June 1944 – Operation Neptune (D-Day)
Southern France – July 1944 – Operation Dragoon
Holland – September 1944 – Operation Market-Garden
Belgium – December 1944 – Relief of Bastogne (The Battle of the Bulge)
Germany – March 1945 – Operation Varsity

More details to follow.

Hurricane Status for warbirds and museums

Florida Warbirds made it through the storm with only a power loss for 36 hours or so.

Known status, will update when known:

Fantasy of Flight: From Kermit:

Stallion 51: From KT — “All good at Stallion 51, Electricity is back on and we are flying on Tuesday“.

Wings over Miami: We are up and running! Miami Executive Airport did well during the storm.

The museum has some temporary hours. Please check before coming out to visit.

Sept 16 and 17: regular hours – 10am-5pm
Sept 18 and 19: Closed
Sept 20: Closed for maintenance
Sept 21: Regular hours – 10am-5pm
Sept 22: 10am-2pm
Sept 23 and 24: Regular hours – 10am-5pm

Valiant Air Command: “Good news, our collection safely made it through the onslaught of hurricane Irma, we are currently closed today to clean up and repair some exterior damage. We’ll try to keep you as up to date as we can while our volunteers deal with their own post storm clean up and power outages.”

Warbird Adventures: “Our “Entrance” sign that was pushed over by Hurricane Irma is completely undamaged. It’ll be standing again as our customers return tomorrow Sep 13 as we resume normal business hours.  Come fly with us in this gorgeous September weather!”

Florida Air Museum: I heard that power is down on the Sun N Fun side of the airfield.

American Aero Services: Unknown