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Watch this stunning aerial footage of 30 Dakota aircraft departures from Duxford to Normandy

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Here is some stunning takeoffs from Duxford to Normandy! (www.airlive.net) More...

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darthsloth
Mike R 9
This one has audio of those glorious engines... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KYw6xOvRzo
SmittySmithsonite
SmittySmithsonite 2
BEST vid I've seen so far! Love the audio - nothing better! Thanks!
ThinkingGuy
ThinkingGuy 5
Great video. Did that first plane (around 18 seconds into the video) look like it was taking off with its rear door open?
GeorgeAdeff
George Adeff 5
Airplanes of that era are SO MUCH better looking than today's airplanes...
hackrr
Bob Hackney 4
Proud to see N877MG DC-3/C-47B owned by the Historical Flight Foundation of Paine Field (Everett, WA) take off as part of this historic flotilla. This a/c actually spent time in WWII fling the Burma Hump
lk2855
lk2855 4
Open or removed. Many of the planes used to drop paratroopers at that time had the doors removed.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 6
Definitely removed. The doors open out, so they can't be opened in flight.
loopgroup1
Craig Northacker 4
Last time I was manifested for a C-47 jump the plane had mechanical problems and wound up in the 82nd Airborne Division Museum. Same with the C-119.
sparkie624
sparkie624 3
WOW.. Nice... Thanks for sharing.
mjezierski
Michał Jezierski 2
Some of them are Lisunov Li-2, a Russian-made Dakota licensed from Douglas
eddyhopy
Edward Hopgood 2
what a great shot of these great old aircraft
hackrr
Bob Hackney 2
My comment should have been "FLYING" over the Burma Hump during WWII.
dbradbrook
David Bradbrook 2
Are you sure it was over 30 aircraft? I know 2 were not able to fly on the day and that others promised for Duxford did not arrive. I believe the final number taking off for Normandy was 21. Can you confirm please?
loopgroup1
Craig Northacker 2
That was info from before the event. There were 250 jumpers per the media, so at 18 member sticks it could have been as low as 14 or 15 planes.
dbradbrook
David Bradbrook 3
Seen it confirmed as 21 with all relevant registrations quoted so I’m confident of this figure as per Fighter Control.
loopgroup1
Craig Northacker 2
Thanks for confirming!
sanukjim
James Wilson Jr 2
My dads good friend Gene Ragsdale "Uncle Gene" was piloting one of the gliders towed behind a C-47 caring troops on the night before D Day. Gladly both he and his brother :uncle Bruce" survived the war.

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