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DC-3 Formation Paratrooper Drop + Ice Pilots Flying a forgotten D-Day airplane!

Two missions to honour D-Day veterans on the 75th anniversary

In this episode, we are honoured and humbled to be part of 2 incredible stories commemorating the 75th D-Day Anniversary from 2 different perspectives, one Canadian and one American.


I’m really proud of how this came together. 

I fully admit that while filming over this crazy period, I had no idea how I was going to tell these stories… It felt like constant chaos trying to cover the action and capture the nerdy pilot nuggets that were all around me.  But I think we have both some great learning moments and a compelling episode here. Enjoy!

Happy weekend – I’m heading to Windsor for some RV-14 building, and Warbird flying!  



If you missed it, here’s the link to some exclusive “Behind the Scenes” content with Mikey that didn’t make this cut.


Some links for you to check out:

Meet Mikey and I (and DTD) in person at #Osh19! FULL DETAILS HERE

Head here to learn more about: Mikey / Plane Savers

And thanks to Sherm and Shane for so much access! They were flying Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber from the Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso Robles CA.

And here is awesome footage of paratroopers jumping at AOPAStatic Line Jump flight at AOPA 80th Anniversary

To learn more about the D-Day Squadron please visit their site.


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And other episodes we’ve done about Warbird Flying


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