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    The Last Big Commemorization Of D-Day

    On June 6th, planes with “invasion stripes” will fly over Normandy one last time.


    https://www.courant.com/news/connect...6wy-story.html

    Not just Gooney Birds (the Pacific nickname for the C-47) but fighters, medium and heavy bombers.


    Paratroopers will be jumping from these planes and will probably be scattered all over the region just like the originals. There will be a contingent of active duty paratroopers from the 82nd (the 101st is no longer jump-qualified as a unit), and even some of the twelve “horse soldier” Green Berets from the 2001 Afghanistan campaign (they had to re-qualify to jump so not only did they re-qualify but they got some of their kids qualified)

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    Oh! To fly a gooney bird over St. Mere Eglise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxcutter View Post
    On June 6th, planes with “invasion stripes” will fly over Normandy one last time.


    https://www.courant.com/news/connect...6wy-story.html

    Not just Gooney Birds (the Pacific nickname for the C-47) but fighters, medium and heavy bombers.


    Paratroopers will be jumping from these planes and will probably be scattered all over the region just like the originals. There will be a contingent of active duty paratroopers from the 82nd (the 101st is no longer jump-qualified as a unit), and even some of the twelve “horse soldier” Green Berets from the 2001 Afghanistan campaign (they had to re-qualify to jump so not only did they re-qualify but they got some of their kids qualified)

    The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps C-47's were designated as R4D's.




    Douglas Aircraft
    C-47 / R4D / C-117
    Skytrain / Dakota / Gooney Bird


    What is an R4D, a C-47, a C-117 and why?Before the adoption of the Tri-Service system in 1962, the US Navy had its own system of aircraft designations, completely different fromthat used by the USAAF and USAF. The Navy system consisted of up to five parts:One or two letters to indicate the function of the aircraft.


    A sequence number, to distinguish between aircraft of the same function built by the same manufacturer.

    A letter to indicate the manufacturer.After a dash, a number to indicate a subtype.

    A letter to indicate a minor variation on a subtype.

    This is how the R4D-5L was identified in Navy speak:

    R = Transport (type aircraft)4 = Fourth type in the series from the manufacturer

    D = Douglas (manufacturer)

    (after the dash) 5 = Subtype of the modelL = Cold weather operations

    The R4D-5 in USAF speak was called the C-47A.

    The USAF designation consists of a letter (or set of letters) indicating the type / mission of the aircraft, and a sequence number indicating aspecific aircraft within a category, separated by a dash.

    The number may be followed by a series letter to indicate a variant of an aircraft.

    C = Cargo transport47 = Sequence number (for USAAF cargo transport aircraft)

    (after the dash)A = Variant of model

    On September 18, 1962, the Defense Department ordered that all Air Force, Army, and Navy aircraft be designated under a common, universal system.This was done because Secretary McNamara was interested in achieving greater commonality between the services.According to one story, he supposedly had gotten hopelessly confused when his aides told him that the Navy and the Air Force had completely different designation schemes, often for what was basically the same aircraft.

    Under the Defense Department order, the separate naval designation system which had been around since 1922 was eliminated.Thus was born the Tri-Service system of 1962.

    The R4D-5L became the LC-47H.

    The R5D-6L became the LC-47J.

    The R4D-8L became the LC-117D.

    Why was the R4D-8 a C-117 and not a C-47?
    Due the major modifications that were done to the R4D-8 it was deemed "different" enough to be considered a new type of aircraft.The USAF tested the prototype Super DC-3 as the YC-129-DO. The USAF later changed the designation of the YC-129-DO to YC-47F-DO.
    http://www.vaq34.com/vxe6/r4d.htm


    The F4U Corsair

    Fighter...
    4th fighter for the Navy/Marine Corps built by Vought Aircraft Co.
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