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Exhibit Opens - D-Day 75: En Route by Plane and Parachute

The Allied Invasion of Northern France on June 6, 1944—the largest seaborne invasion in world history—required air power and air defense for success. As America reflects on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Air Zoo presents an exhibition which explores the invasion through the lens of all things air.

See D-Day through the eyes of POWs glider pilot Darryl Waters and paratrooper George Rosie. Through artifacts from the Air Zoo’s collection, including aircraft in our Flight Innovation Center, discover the roles played by airplanes such as the P-47 Thunderbolt, C-47 Skytrain, and WACO CG-4A. View P-47 gun camera footage, find out what paratroopers wore as they leapt from C-47s, and get to know how Allied Forces hauled men, machines, and medicine to Normandy in the sky in what some called a “plywood coffin” during that historic operation.

Local and Michigan-based companies who supported air power and defense are featured, such as Gibson Guitar. Uncover the secret to the paratrooper’s boot heel.  Learn how invasion stripes helped pilots fend off friendly fire when the skies were awash with aircraft and find out how many stripes you can “paint” against a ticking stopwatch! You’ll leave aware of how essential pilots, planes, and parachutes were to Allied success.

Date & Time

May 30, 2019

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