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Oxford, Conn. – April 22nd, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron, part of the Tunison Foundation, announced the starting point for the Squadron’s journey to Europe over the original "Blue Spruce" route  to commemorate the 75the anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy. Aircraft will depart from Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford Connecticut on May 19th 2019, but there will be a full week of activities to kick off this event, including a special Squadron flyover of the Statue of Liberty.

HOUSTON (April 18, 2019) – In celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Phillips 66® Aviation and Phillips 66® Lubricants are proud to support the “Miss Montana to Normandy” mission to fly a historic C-47 warbird in Daks Over Normandy, a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to commemorate the day the Allies invaded Western Europe in World War II. Phillips 66 Aviation is contributing fuel, and Phillips 66 Lubricants is supplying aviation engine oil and Hydraulic Oil.

Pathfinder pilot Dave Hamilton will share his experiences, from Normandy to Market Garden, paving the way for the launch of The D-Day Squadron, an historic effort to cross the Atlantic with a fleet of WW2 aircraft to commemorate the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Oxford, Conn. – April 12th, 2019 – RocketRoute, a leading provider of Flight Plan Filing and Management, is providing the D-Day Squadron part of the Tunison Foundation full support in preparing, organizing, managing and following the flights of all C-47 and DC-3 aircraft as they cross the North Atlantic. This will include flight plan services when the aircraft take the historic trip up the Hudson River in New York, as they fly around the Statue of Liberty on May 18th, 2019. It will continue as the aircraft fly the original "Blue Spruce" route that was used to ferry aircraft during the Second World War, with C-47s departing from Oxford, Connecticut (KOXC), stopping to refuel in Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) in Newfoundland, Canada, Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) in southern Greenland, Reykjavik Airport (BIRK) in Iceland and refueling a final time at Prestwick Airport (EGPK) on the Western coast of Scotland before making the final leg to Duxford Airfield (EGSU) north of London.

Oxford, Conn. – March 20th, 2019 – Aircraft Spruce, a superstore for all things aircraft, is now reinforcing the mission of the D-Day Squadron part of the Tunison Foundation, through discounted pricing on some items pilots and crews of the Squadron can use to ensure the success of their mission to return C-47 and DC-3 aircraft  to the skies over Normandy, France in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Oxford, Conn. – March 6th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron, Tunison Foundation, announced its official support of the “People of D-Day” resource trunk and its companion website at www.DDay75forstudents.com. This is an educational initiative sponsored by Student News Net. A “trunk” is a trove of hands-on materials that connects students with the experiences of those that participated in the world’s largest seaborne invasion, as well as those whose lives were directly impacted by one of the most pivotal moments in history.

Oxford, Conn. – February 19th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron, part of the Tunison Foundation, today announced that Kevin Riley, United States Coast Guard Flight Safety Officer and MH-60T pilot, will fill the role of Technical and Flight Safety Coordinator participating as a volunteer in the Squadron’s mission. This mission, to return C-47 and DC-3 aircraft to Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, is one that Kevin connects with on a personal level.

Oxford, Conn. – February 8th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron released a statement today, expressing gratitude for the acknowledgement during Tuesday’s State of the Union address of the profound contribution of D-Day Veterans to the liberation of the European Continent that reached a critical turning point on June 6th, 1944.

Oxford, Conn. – January 17th, 2019 – AeroShell, the leading Piston Engine Oil supplier, has designated 4 distributors that will support the efforts of The D-Day Squadron to bring a large group of C-47s and DC-3s across the Atlantic Ocean to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy.

Oxford, Conn. – January 7, 2019 – FlightSafety International, a world leading aviation training provider and manufacturer of flight simulators, visual systems and displays, will support the mission of the D-Day Squadron by providing International Procedures eRecurrent training free of charge to the pilots embarking on the historic journey to put C-47s and DC-3s once again over the French coastline.