Five USAF marked Dakotas, all with invasion stripes get ready to take off to drop parachutists over the Normandy beaches in a re-enactment of the momentous events of 75 years earlier. These parachutists would be landing in daylight with friendly crowds and without heavy equipment unlike their counterparts in 1944
This aircraft sat on this elevated area for many years. During my youth I spent many hours happily sitting in the aircraft ( my friend's Dad worked in the Control Tower ) on weekends, in a time that was much more conducive to people crawling around aeroplanes.
Built for USAAF as 44-77272. Retired to Davis Monthan 04.60. To T3-40 Spanish AF 02.62 until wfu 11.77. G-BFPW 04.78 to 04.80 then to N3753N, ending with Basler in 1991 but serious corrosion was found and stripped for spares.
For the movie 'A Bridge too Far' many Dakota's were assembled on Deelen airbase, where the air transport shots were taken. The Danish air force had some of their Dakotas dispatched. K-687 was one of these. Here it is seen in the sand colours of the movie, but with its Danish serial and markings in place.
John Harrison photo of VH-UZK over Melbourne soon after delivery. In 1939 it was impressed by the RAAF as A30-2 for five months until other aircraft aircraft could be sourced overseas. -UZK was destroyed on November 8, 1948 when it flew into Mount Macedon. It had not long departed Melbourne for Deniliquin when the captain departed the approved track under IFR conditions.