A number of restored C-47s will be flying to France to take part in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day invasion.
Three World War II era Douglas C-47 (DC-3) transport aircraft with D-day invasion stripes flying in formation over Farnborough, England, in 2014.
The Assault Continues
Douglas C-47s were the backbone of WWII Airborne assault operations. Photo shows a parachute drop initiating Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France, August 15, 1944, just nine days after D-Day.
An army paratrooper jumped from a C-47 cargo aircraft during a demonstration at the Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show in North Carolina last November.
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Facing the Unknown
Pathfinders of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry (82nd Airborne) and aircraft crew of plane #10 just before D-Day in front of their C-47 Skytrain, England.
British Paratroops of 1st (British) Airborne Division give the 'V'-sign and "thumbs up" inside one of the C-47 transport aircraft.
Retired from Service
After the war, many C-47s were abandoned and left to decay. Some have been restored, however, such as the ones flying back to Normandy this June.
At the helm
Cockpit of old aircraft Douglas DC-3 Dakota also known as C47, Industrial Museum Rahmi M. Koc in Istanbul, Turkey, 2018.
C-47s were used in the Berlin Airlift to bring humanitarian aid to Germans in 1948. Here, U.S. Navy Douglas R4D and U.S. Air Force C-47 aircraft unload at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.