D-Day Squadron Update – Day 5 – May 23, 2019

Betsy's Biscuit Bomber refueling in Greenland yesterday. The C-47 along with 14 similar aircraft from the D-Day Squadron are heading to Europe right now to take part in the D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations. (photo via D-Day Squadron)

It has been a busy day for most of the flight crews in the D-Day Squadron. As of 9:00 am EST, Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber and Pan Am are both in the air heading for Reykjavik, Iceland after departing Søndre Strømfjord. This outpost was once Sondrestrom Air Force Base, a waypoint code named Bluie West-8 on the Blue Spruce ferry route during WWII. The station is now known more formally as Kangerlussuaq. While there, the two crews spent some time taking a look around the historic site. Commenting on the journey to Greenland, our founding editor, Moreno Aguiari related, “The flight was very smooth, mostly on top of the cloud layer. We landed and right after the entire airport came out to greet us. A local tour guy took us inland, deeper in the Kangerlussuaq Fjord. This is the beginning of the vast, massive ice mass that covers Greenlad. The man was great, he even brought vodka for us!”

Pan Am over the Greenland Coast yesterday. (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

The astonishing views of Greenland on the approach to Kangerasuaq
. (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

Pan Am on finals to land
in Greenland. (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

The aircrews from Pan Am and Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber exploring the Kangerlussuaq glacier yesterday with a local guide. (photo via D-Day Squadron)

Remains of a T-33 which crashed at Sondrestrom AFB, Greenland during the 1950s (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

More images of the crashed T-33 which the crews from Pan Am and Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber took a look at yesterday
. (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

Pan Am and Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber on the ground in Greenland. (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

Pan Am’s crew in Greenland yesterday with our very own Moreno Aguiari on the left. He is part of the crew for the Historic Flight Foundation’s C-47 on this journey. HFF’s John Sessions is to his right. (photo via D-Day Squadron)

Pan Am refueling in Greenland prior to this morning’s departure for Prestwick. (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

Miss Virginia, Legend Airways ‘Liberty’, Placid Lassie and That’s All… Brother arrived at Prestwick yesterday. As of writing, That’s All… Brother had just arrived in Coventry for a Commemorative Air Force event being held there this weekend, and Spirit of Benovia was heading for Dublin, Ireland.

Flabob Express, Virginia Ann and D-Day Doll plus the King Air support aircraft (donated by Dynamic Aviation with fuel support from Clay Lacy Aviation) were on their way to Prestwick, Scotland direct from Narsarsuaq, Greenland. They will join the other C-47s that have already arrived at PIK to take part in the Daks Over Prestwick event starting tomorrow and continuing on May 25th.

Virginia Ann’s crew before they departed Narsarsuaq for Prestwick this morning. (photo via D-Day Squadron)

And finally, Miss Montana arrived safely in Presque Isle, Maine yesterday, and will be heading up to CFB Goose Bay this afternoon.

The aircraft that form the D-Day Squadron are as follows…

1 – C-47A-40-DL Skytrain 42-24064 – Placid Lassie – N74589 – Lead Aircraft
2 – C-53-DO Skytrooper 42-47371 – Spirit of Benovia – N8336C
3 – C-53-DO Skytrooper 42-68830 – D-Day Doll – N45366
4 – C-47-DL Skytrain 42-32833 – Legend Airways ‘Liberty’ – N25641
5 – C-47A-60-DL 43-30647 – Virginia Ann – N62CC
6 – C-47B-5-DK 43-48608 – Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber – N47SJ
7 – C-47A-30-DL 42-23669/FD879 – Flabob Express – N103NA
8 – C-47B-1-DL 43-16340 – Pan Am – N877MG
9 – C-47A-60-DL 43-30665 – Miss Virginia – N47E
10 – C-41A 40-0070 Hap-Penstance – N341A
11 – C-47A-90-DL 43-15731 – Miss Montana – N24320
12 – C-47B-50-DK 45-1108 – Clipper Tabitha May – N33611
13 – C-47A-15-DK 42-92847 – That’s All, Brother – N47TB
14 – DC-3-201/C-49G 42-56631 – N18121
15 – C-47-DL 41-18401 – 101st Airborne Tribute – N150D

For the individual aircraft profiles, please click our story HERE.


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