Flight of Aircraft DC-3 N18121, June 2019,
From Aurora, Oregon, USA to Caen, Normandy, France
Omaha Beach Normandy Late in the Day June 6 ,1944
"You see these people out here swimming and sailing their little pleasure boats and taking advantage of the nice weather and the lovely beach, and it is almost unreal to look at it today and remember what was. But it's a wonderful thing to remember what those fellows twenty years ago were fighting for and sacrificing for, what they did to preserve our way of life. Not to conquer any territory, not for any ambitions of our own. But to make sure Hitler could not destroy freedom in the world. I think it's just ovrwhelming. To think of the lives that were given for that principle, paying a terrible price on this beach alone, on that one day, 2,000 casualties. But they did it so that the world could be free. it just shows what free men will do rather than be slaves."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as he looked out over Omaha Beach in 1964
C-47 Painted with Normandy Invasion Stripes in Action
N18121 in her various configurations
May 24 thru June 1, 2019 Route of Flight