St-Hubert, Quebec - DC-3 which flew on D-Day to be restored by Buffalo’s McBryan
Ice Pilots NWT's Mikey McBryan will aim to restore a "D-Day Bomber" Douglas DC-3 aircraft in time for the historic Allied invasion's 75th anniversary next year.
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December 2018 - by Sarah Pruys for Cabin Radio
According to McBryan, the aircraft's logbooks suggest the plane, carrying paratroopers, dropped a dozen 20-pound bombs on June 6, 1944
The Buffalo Airways base manager in Yellowknife said a squadron member had scribbled an entry at the time reading: "A small surprise for the troops defending the coast in France."
The DC-3 has not flown in nearly 30 years, said McBryan, and has been stripped of parts – a new challenge at an airline famed for its continued operation of the workhorse aircraft.
Over the winter, McBryan and family plan to build up the engines, wheels, brakes, flight controls, and cockpit in Red Deer, Alberta – where Buffalo owns a damaged sister plane which can be gutted for parts.
Components will then be shipped to Montréal, where the 'new' plane is grounded at Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport, so the plane can be assembled in time for a test flight on the anniversary of D-Day.