The World War II plane lands at Corpus Christi International Airport

It’s not every day that a WWII bird of war rushes into town and lands at Corpus Christi Airport.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “That’s All Brother” is a C-47 troop carrier that actually led the D-Day invasion. The 77th anniversary of this historic event is on June 6th.

On Friday people were allowed to take the old warbird for a ride as it was flying to our airport.

It’s not every day that a WWII bird of war rushes into town and lands at Corpus Christi Airport.

Douglas C-47 first took to the skies during World War II. It says, “That’s all, brother.” It actually led the airborne invasion of France on D-day. About 800 of these C-47s dropped over 13,000 paratroopers to France and soon had the Nazis on the run.

“Lt. Col. Donaldson was chosen to be the leader of over 800 planes, and that plane was at the forefront of anything he wanted to message Adolf Hitler on the side of the plane as a message to Adolf Hitler, OK, that’s the beginning of the End!

The Memorial Air Force rebuilt this aircraft and our own Ed Rachal Foundation funded most of that work.

“It was found in a boneyard in Wisconsin,” said Mitchell. And the company that actually owned the aircraft at the time had no idea what historical significance the aircraft had for the Memorial Air Force, and obviously, based on the historical significance, the Memorial Air Force decided that the aircraft needed to be rescued. “

Now that this plane is back in the air, it was flown from San Marcos to Corpus Christi that day. That should allow some lucky people to get in and take a ride. 77 years ago, this historic transport plane was prepared for the June 6th invasion.

“Part of the Memorial Air Force’s job is to keep history alive and we love going to places like Corpus Christi, airshows around the country to honor the veterans and sacrifices they have made,” said TJ Cook, Memorial Air Force.

The CAF members also told us that they hope that future generations can continue to enjoy and learn from this grand piano history museum.

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