The American Airpower Museum’s C-47 D-Day Living History Flight Experience returns May 14!

Three flights are scheduled for May 14, 2022, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The American Airpower Museum (AAM) is continuing its popular C-47 D-Day Living History Flight Experience with another scheduled for May 14, 2022 (rain date May 15). Guests fly aboard an original WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and are joined by AAM’s living historians for a breathtakingly realistic and unforgettable recreation of what American paratroopers have experienced. experienced D-Day. There are three flights scheduled for May 14, 2022, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and they go fast, so act now to book your C-47 flight by calling (516) 531-3950 or (631) 454-2039 (during business hours) or visit Museum Gift Shop Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

AAM’s Living History Flight Experience is a one-of-a-kind immersive educational program, where living historians join you in an original WWII C-47 to give a sense of what paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Division felt on their incredible 1,200 D-Day Aggression aircraft. Your mission commander is Robert Scarabino, Long Island’s famous living WWII historian, who has been leading AAM’s D-Day C-47 flights since 2003. The mission includes: a briefing in the preparation room; a chance to wear authentic military jackets, helmets and gear; the actual sights, smells and sounds as the C-47’s two engines fire up and you take off into the blue; See, hear and feel the crew operate their C-47s as Scarabino orders his “paratroopers” to prepare for battle. Finally, you attach your parachute hook to the overhead static line for a simulated jump!

This is a family-friendly program for all ages and a wonderful way to educate young Americans about WWII and our greatest generation veterans. Support the AAM’s mission to honor veterans and military aviation history by helping to maintain and preserve these iconic aircraft, as well as the Museum’s incredible static displays. The cost of each C-47 flight is $350. A flight experience allows you to bring an extra person who can visit the AAM exhibits for free all day. You can also visit the AAM on May 14 just to watch the flights and visit our museum. In this case, admission for adults is $20, seniors and veterans $15, and children ages 5-12 $10. No tickets or pre-registration are necessary for regular admission.

“Second Chance”, an original WWII C-47, was transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1945 and flew in the Berlin Airlift (1948 – 1949) with the RAF, serving until 1950. The aircraft then served in the Belgian Air Force for two years. In 1952, she joined the French Air Force, serving two years in Viet Nam, as well as in India, Algeria, Morocco and the Congo. In 1967 she was sold to Israel and flew in the Israel Defense Forces for 32 years. The American Airpower Museum acquired the aircraft in 2000. “Second Chance” regularly hosts AAM’s D-Day C-47 Living History Flights. She also performs at regional airshows in classic World War II D-Day markings with the original code “D8”. One of the last C-47s still in production military configuration, this aircraft has just over 17,000 flight hours, one of the lowest flight times in the world!


The American Airpower Museum is an aviation museum located at the former Republic Aviation Historic Site at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY. The museum maintains a collection of aviation artifacts and a range of aircraft spanning the many years of the aircraft factory’s history. The museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation licensed by the New York State Board of Regents.

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