In honor of our nation’s independence and frontline healthcare workers, D-Day Squadron aircraft will fly over Truckee and Lake Tahoe in California on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Six DC-3 (C-47) warbirds will lead the fly-over, set to take off at 11 a.m., covering 18 landmarks stretching 130 nautical miles.
The lead aircraft for this mission is Gooney Bird Group Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber C-47, piloted by U.S. Navy veteran Sherman Smoot and Scott Stelzle.
“Preparing for these special flyover missions is exhilarating. Most of all, we appreciate the opportunity to bring ‘flying history’ to communities near and far to salute veterans, commemorative events, Independence Day and, in this case, healthcare workers on the frontlines fighting the COVID pandemic,” said Stelzle.
As the pandemic continues to be a concern — and for everyone’s safety — no public viewing or gathering is permitted at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport (KTRK).
Besides Betsy’ Biscuit, the Truckee-Tahoe Honor Fly-Over features the D-Day Doll C-53 of the Commemorative Air Force’s Inland Empire Wing, Legend Foundation’s Legend ‘Liberty’ Airways C-47, Mission Boston’s Virginia Ann C-47, Benovia Winery’s Spirit of Benovia C-53, and What’s Up Doc C-47 of the Palm Springs Air Museum. Several additional warbirds, including T-6 Texans and a T-28, are also expect to participate in the fly-over.
Hi quick question, that beautiful picture, you know where I can get a copy ?, I USAF Colonel (Ret) who flew in Vietnam love that picture and he want it for the cover photo of his book, he told me that he will be more than happy to pay or if the photographer wants to donated and let him used in his book, he would be more than happy to mentioned in the acknowledgments , the picture is the one above the Gooney bird Betsy’s biscuit C-47.
General Aviation News Staff says
Manuel, it would be best to contact the D-Day Squadron (http://www.ddaysquadron.org/) to find out about the availability of the photo.
Greg Wilson says
I do hope that Sherman Smoot can keep from September dreamin’ and not crank that C-47 around a water tower like it’s a pylon at Reno!