Daks over Duxford D-Day 75

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Postby Mic » Mon May 20, 2019 3:03 pm

Not quite tanks, but surely one no one wants to miss:

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Postby Black Knight » Mon May 20, 2019 4:43 pm

Cool 8) But I'll be in Port en Bessin for the week with the Royal Marines (current and vets) :clap: :clap:

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Postby Tiger6 » Mon May 20, 2019 6:25 pm

I'm hoping to be there on the Wednesday.

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Postby mutt71 » Mon May 20, 2019 7:10 pm

I could only WISH to be there. My health wouldn't allow me to travel there for this. I certainly hope to see video of this. Those that are able to go, safe travels and enjoy this event.

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Postby jarndice » Mon May 20, 2019 8:03 pm

Not very fond memories of a DC3!
I managed to get three weeks Christmas leave while serving on detachment with the Ghurka's in Nepal.
If I could get to Katmandu by mid-day the following day I would be guaranteed a seat on a RNZAF Bristol 170 Freighter going to Singapore via Rangoon which would arrive on Christmas eve.
A phone call to Biratnagar Airfield and that booked me a ticket for the first flight of the following day.
Landie to the Airfield next day and there was the Royal Nepalese Airlines Ex military Dakota,
Up the steps and a walk up the fuselage to my seat,
First thing to do was put on the seat belt, Ahh Problem, It would not do up.
The prospect of flying in some of the most turbulent airspace in the world without a serviceable seatbelt was not overly inspiring,
Worse was to follow,
The Radio Operator (Yes Really) closed the cockpit door,
Oh no he didnt,
Oh yes he did,
Whoops the door hinges failed !!!
So he propped the door against the front bulkhead giving everyone a view through the cockpit windscreen,
We taxied out to the runway and accelerated, as the tail lifted we could all now see how short the runway was :O , then up we went, a collective sigh of relief and we relaxed,
The stewardess came round with cups of tea ( real China Cups and Saucers ) then she returned with plates of small fancy cakes.
With no trays in the seat backs I put my teacup on the floor and pulling out a sick bag from the elasticated pocket to put the cakes in I belatedly discovered that somebody had already used the sick bag and it was not filled with fancy cakes either.
After that it was a flight filled with magnificent views of the Himalaya's and then an overnight stop in Rangoon with an invite to the British Embassy for a Christmas party.
It would have been a great party except the RNZAF aircrew were also there and were enjoying themselves rather more than I wished considering that first thing in the morning they were flying me to Singapore crossing the Indian Ocean.
Great leave and an utterly boring return flight back to Nepal at the end of my leave. :thumbup:
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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Mon May 20, 2019 10:00 pm

The NYT has a story on the American birds headed over this week. 8)


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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:13 pm

I was on the ground in Normandy watching several gatherings of these magnificent aircraft. Quite emotional and amazing to see
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