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Tue, Jan 05, 2010

Mass DC-3, C-47 Arrival Scheduled For Airventure 2010

Registration Will Be Capped At 40 Airplanes

The folks organizing a mass arrival and reunion for the venerable DC-3/C-47 (file photo, right)  at Airventure 2010 tell ANN that they have reached critical mass, and that they are proceeding as planned for as many as 40 airplanes to descend on Wittman Field (KOSH).

Organizers of The last time say so far nearly 35 aircraft have registered and have shown sufficient intent and capability to attend for the late July 2010 reunion. They say the registration process will likely be closed off at 40 in the next few weeks as the number reaches 40 aircraft - and work with the existing group as the winners of the awarded positions.

While the formation was originally pegged at 25, organizers say that there has to be an allowance for such factors as  weather, mechanical difficulties,  unforeseen circumstances, and viability issues  so that even with some last minute contingencies, the mass will still fly. The goal has been and remains at 25, but if more aircraft are available the formation will be altered so that all of the airplanes can join.

For those who might want an opportunity to fly in one of these historic aircraft, "The Last Time" says numerous participating aircraft plan to arrive at the staging airport, Whiteside County Airport in Sterling, IL (KSQI), early and offer riders to the public. Prices have not yet been set for the historic flight around the local airport but all aircraft will offer the same price structure. Proceeds from all rides will go directly to the operators of the respective aircraft in order to help defray expenses. The public is invited to attend the staging airport to view the masses of parked DC-3 aircraft assembled - there is no admission fee.  Talk to the crews and visit these historic aircraft in person.

File Photo

Planning is now underway for the reunion aspect for after these aircraft and these "living history" legends descend upon Oshkosh.  "The Last Time" has established a web presence including a "Diaries" section for people to tell their stories about the DC-3, and a growing list of aircraft that are expected to participate. The organization says the are also seeking permission for a "Heritage Flight" ... a formation including a C-47 and a C-17.

FMI: www.TheLastTime.org

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