PRESS RELEASE – Two years after returning 15 WWII-era DC-3s to Normandy for the 75th-anniversary commemorations of D-Day, and the 70th of the Berlin Airlift, “Into Flight Once More” makes it to the big screen at the largest airshow in the world, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The film previews on Thursday, July 29, at approximately 9:45 p.m. CT at the Fly-In Theater. Produced by Sound Off Films and narrated by Gary Sinise, the film brings to life the stories of WWII veterans, crews, and a most historic reenactment of “Operation Overlord,” the codename for the Battle of Normandy, which took place on June 6, 1944.
“There’s no greater reward to all of us who fly, operate and maintain these historic aircraft having returned them to Europe to honor the fallen, and the surviving veterans of our Greatest Generation,” shared Eric Zipkin, chief pilot for the Mission to Normandy and president of Tunison Foundation’s board of directors, which led the mission in 2019. “Each of us has close family members and relatives who served in WWII. Watching the rough cut of the film brought emotions we thought we’d never feel, and seeing our efforts supported by a veteran advocate, philanthropist, and award-winning actor, Gary Sinise, is incredibly humbling as well.”
At this year’s airshow, the D-Day Squadron will involve eight aircraft from the 15 that returned to Normandy in 2019. The aircraft will fly, be on display for public viewing, and there will be opportunities to connect with members of the new DC-3 Society that was launched last September. The D-Day Squadron will fly together in the warbird show Monday-Thursday. On Friday and Saturday of the show, they will perform during the D-Day portion, a chronology of the war.
We invite you to attend this Special Preview Screening of the film. Hosted by EAA, Into Flight Once More will be part of a week-long celebration honoring WWII veterans and aviation professionals. This sneak peek screening will be open to all who attend EAA AirVenture and will open with a brief conversation with director Adrienne Hall. We will be announcing the premiere date shortly, along with other opportunities to see the film.
“When I started making this film, I didn’t know the full extent of the experience of the squadron. Comprised of the most skilled and experienced pilots living today, the D-Day Squadron has put thousands of hours and tremendous resources towards honoring remaining WWII veterans,” shared Adrienne Hall, film director. “Connecting with and hearing the stories of these veterans was the honor of a lifetime and we are thrilled to share how the whole journey came together in our new film, Into Flight Once More.”
Don’t forget, you can sign up to host your own screening here: https://bit.ly/IFOMScreening
About the DC-3 Society & D-Day Squadron
The DC-3 Society is a program of the D-Day Squadron with the purpose to promote DC-3 type aircraft airworthiness, serve members and promote static and flying displays for future generations. The North American DC-3 Society was born to organize the collective efforts of enthusiasts, pilots, mechanics, and operators. It actively educates and involves the next generation in “flying freedom” and celebrates everything the DC-3 has accomplished in war and peace.
The D-Day Squadron is part of the Tunison Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In June 2019, the D-Day Squadron led an American fleet of 15 historic, restored C-47 World War II military aircraft to take part in a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to drop over 200 paratroopers over the original 1944 drop zones in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The event honored the citizen-soldiers of the War, whose bravery led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating War in Europe. The Squadron’s education program takes the compelling story of the citizen-soldier to audiences at airshows and events off the flight line to honor these brave Americans and ensure their memory and significance are appreciated for generations to come. The group’s efforts are funded through the generous tax-deductible contribution of their supporters. Learn more at DDaySquadron.org.
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