NMUSAF Hosts C-47 Fly-In and Paratrooper Jump

A perfect illustration of the initial stages of parachute deployment as the re-enactors exit Placid Lassie over the Sannerville Drop Zone in rapid succession. (photo by Mike Killian)

Two World War II-era C-47 Skytrain airplanes that flew the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France will roar through the skies over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, April 27, conducting a paratrooper jump followed by a two-day static display. The airplanes, “Tico Belle” and “Placid Lassie,” are scheduled to make the paratrooper jump at 1:30 p.m. and then land on the runway behind the museum. Both aircraft will be on public display after landing on the 27th, and throughout the day on the 28th.

The Valiant Air Command’s D-Day veteran C-47 Skytain Tico Belle coming in to land after the D-Day 75 flypast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
. (photo by George Land)

Visitors can watch the parachute drop and aircraft landing from the museum’s main visitor parking lot, or the designated viewing area near Memorial Park. Shuttles will be available for those who would like to see the aircraft up close between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. on the 27th, and again from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the 28th. To learn more, visit the museum’s website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/c-47/

Visitors are also invited to watch as the aircraft depart from the museum runway at 4 p.m. on April 28th. Viewing areas for the departure will be the main visitor parking lot or designated viewing area near the Memorial Park.

In 2022 we proudly celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. Throughout the year we will host a variety of events and exhibits to share the history of the Air Force and the stories of our airmen with the public. A complete schedule of events and exhibits is available at   https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/75th-anniversary/.

A Douglas C-47 Skytrain in D-Day garb at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. An example of a WACO CG-4A glider, which some Douglas transports towed over to Normandy for the invasion, hangs overhead to the right of the frame. (photo via NMUSAF)

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