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Historic Douglas C-47 “Placid Lassie,” WWII Combat Veteran of D-Day and Market Garden, to offer c...

The Military Aviation Museum welcomes this historic aircraft to their air show, October 2nd & 3rd 2021

Oxford, Connecticut – September 21, 2021– We are pleased to announce with the Military Aviation Museum Tunison Foundation's C-47 “Placid Lassie,” which towed gliders over Normandy, France on D-Day, dropped paratroopers in Operation Market Garden and resupplied the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, will be attending their Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show, October 2nd & 3rd, 2021. This historic aircraft will be open for air show attendees to climb aboard and tour with the crew members of the Tunison Foundation, D-Day Squadron and DC-3 Society.

This C-47 also has the distinction of being the lead aircraft of the D-Day Squadron, a fleet of 15 C-47’s and DC-3’s, who flew from the United States to Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019. The airplane is being brought to Warbirds Over the Beach with the generous support of Delegate Barry Knight. Knight has been a long-time supporter of the Military Aviation Museum and of Warbirds Over the Beach, one of the nation’s largest all-warbird air shows.

The museum has also announced a WWII Sherman Tank, from the Wheels of Liberation Organization will join the festivities as part of the Living History encampment at the event. The museum’s collection of ultra-rare WWI biplanes and triplanes, and WWII fighters, bombers, amphibians, and trainers, will entertain the entire family over the two-day air show.

Museum Director, Keegan Chetwynd explains, “Aircraft like Placid Lassie bring a piece of important American history to every community they visit. You can climb in the airplane, you can stand where the paratroopers stood before jumping out to begin the liberation of Europe, it’s a special way to connect with and visit our history even for those who can’t travel to Normandy to visit the beaches.”

Tunison Foundation President, Eric Zipkin, who piloted the C-47 during the 75th Anniversary of D-Day said, “Placid Lassie is an education tool and living history aircraft that inspires and motivates all people, young and old. We look forward to sharing her special story at the Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show.”

This show culminates with the one-year anniversary celebration of the DC-3 Society which exists to define, document, and display all the accomplishments of the DC-3 in war and peace, while representing members from enthusiasts to owners and operators of the Douglas airframe.

For advance discounted tickets, visit the museum website at:

If you have any questions, please call (757) 721-7767 or visit The Military Aviation Museum is located at 1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457.

Media contact: Lyndse Costabile at or 904-404-9192.

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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 is appreciated for generations to come. The group’s efforts are funded through the generous tax-deductible contribution of their supporters. Learn more at

About the Military Aviation Museum:

A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of airworthy military aircraft from the first 50-years of flight. Truly a living museum, its aircraft are in restoration at facilities around the world. Besides the main Museum the Virginia Beach complex features additional exhibition spaces, including a mid-1930s Luftwaffe hangar, originally from Cottbus, Germany, which now serves to house the Museum's collection of WWII-vintage German aircraft. Additional structures include the WWI Hangar, and the original control tower from RAF Goxhill built in England in 1942. Visit for more information or call 757-721-7767.

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