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C-47 that led the main D-Day airborne invasion of Normandy visits the Air Zoo – tours and rides available

The Air Zoo is honored to welcome the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Texas Wing and their historic C-47, “That’s All, Brother,” to Kalamazoo.  The crew will land at the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center on Sunday, August 1st at approximately 11am.  “That’s All, Brother” will be available for tours and rides Monday, August 2nd through Thursday August 5th.  They will then head to Evansville, IN, the last stop on their 2021 Tour. Visit airzoo.org/visiting-aircraft for Kalamazoo tour and flight schedule.

C-47 "That's All, Brother"

Over 75 years ago, on June 6, 1944, That’s All, Brother led the main airborne invasion of Normandy. Piloted by Lt. Col John Donalson, the plane led over 800 C-47s that dropped over 13,000 paratroopers into a battle that changed the course of mankind. 75 years later, we were able to bring this great airplane back to the skies over Normandy for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Learn more about "That's All Brother"

Tours & Rides

“That’s All, Brother” has been restored to its 1944 condition, including its D-Day paint scheme along with a thorough historic interior restoration. The Commemorative Air Force maintains airplanes to be artifacts of living history, and you can experience the airplane firsthand by touring, and even going for a flight. The entire flight experience takes a little more than an hour, with 30 minutes being the in-flight portion.  Book a ride on "That's All, Brother" for just $249/passenger. Tours are just $10/person (Air Zoo members pay $8/person with member id) and $20 for families with up to 5 members. 

Sunday, August 1
"That's All, Brother" and crew will fly into the Air Zoo around 11am and offer a media flight at 1pm. So, keep your ears open and eyes on the sky (as well as Facebook) for more info!

Monday, August 2 
10am-2:30pm - Ground & flight deck tours
3:30pm - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   

Tuesday, August 3 | 9am-5pm
9:30am - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   
10am-4:45pm - Ground & flight deck tours
5:30pm - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   
Wednesday, August 4th | 9am-5pm
9:30am - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   
10am-4:45pm - Ground & flight deck tours
5:30pm - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   

Thursday, August 5th | 9am-departure
9:30am - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   
10am-2:30pm - Ground & flight deck tours
3:30pm - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   
5:30pm - "That's All, Brother" Flight Experience rides   


B-25 "Yellow Rose"

NOT ABLE TO ATTEND the Fly-In this year! Fingers crossed for 2022.

The “Yellow Rose”, the christened name of the vintage B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber, is once again touring the American skies. The bomber is completely restored to its wartime capabilities and is operated by the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing. It is one of the flying museum pieces belonging to the organization’s “Ghost Squadron” aircraft collection. Learn more about "Yellow Rose"

“Yellow Rose” After four years, the aircraft was lovingly restored to WWII condition by members of the Central Texas Wing and donated to the CAF in 1981. Literally thousands of man hours were donated over the four-year period by the members of the Yellow Rose Squadron in order to bring the Rose back into full operational readiness. Tours included in rates above. Flights are not available for the B-25. 

 


About the Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.

More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF’s fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history.

About the (CAF) Central Texas Wing
The Central Texas Wing hangar houses six CAF aircraft for which the Wing has maintenance and restoration responsibility: the Douglas C-47A “That’s All Brother”, a very-rare flying Bell P-39Q Airacobra, the North American B-25J “Yellow Rose”, a Beech C-45 Expeditor, a North American AT-6 Texan and a Cessna U-3A Administrator. The Vultee BT-13A Valiant and Bell 47G helicopters are also in the hangar and are maintained by their respective CAF sponsor groups.

At times there are other aircraft in the hangar that are privately owned by CAF members, and used to support the missions of the CAF. Currently, this includes a North American T-28B Trojan.

About the Air Zoo 

Located at 6151 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002, the Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science experience with over 100 rare air & spacecraft, inspiring interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, hands-on science-based education programs, and more.  The Air Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is open 360+ days per year.

For hours, tickets, safety policies and procedures as well as temporarily altered experiences due to COVID-19, visit airzoo.org/plan-your-visit

Posted by Nikki Statler at 8:00 AM
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