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Nik Coleman Television and Commemorative Air Force Announce D-Day C-47 That’s All, Brother Documentary Film.

The USA affiliate of Nik Coleman Television (NCTV) and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) are collaborating to produce a feature-length, historical documentary that will chronicle the discovery, history and restoration of D-day C-47 That’s All, Brother. That’s All, Brother was the airplane that led the massive aerial invasion on Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, also known as D-day.

Several hundred aircraft flew in advance of soldiers storming the shores of Normandy. That’s All, Brother was the lead aircraft of the massed formation that dropped more than 13,000 Allied paratroopers in occupied France. Following the D-day mission, the aircraft continued military service through the War, after being released from the military it was sold for civilian use and changed hands several times. It’s historical significance was unknown, even by those who owned the aircraft. Decades later, the airplane was sitting in an aircraft bone yard, slated to be scrapped for parts. 

It was a chance discovery by a military historian researching D-day aircraft who recognized the identity of the airplane, and just in time. Once the airplane’s origin was confirmed, the Commemorative Air Force, the world’s largest flying museum, acquired the aircraft and quickly set to work restoring it back to it’s original D-day configuration. CAF President Stephan C. Brown said “Once the identity of the aircraft was known, there was no better organization to rescue it and return it to the sky. For 60 years the CAF has restored, flown and exhibited World War II aircraft, to honor the legacy and educate the public of the significant role these aircraft played in our freedom.”

The documentary about the C-47 That’s All, Brother will cover the aircraft’s role in history and well as recognize the people connected to this aircraft from World War II to present day. The NCTV team, which began filming in 2016, will follow the recovery of this aircraft, its restoration to airworthy status, and finally its triumphant return to the shores of Normandy in 2019 to honor the 75th anniversary of D-day. 

Nik Coleman, CEO of NCTV, was working with the CAF on filming “Plane Resurrection” his popular Netflix series, when he came up with the idea of documenting the entire restoration of That’s All, Brother. “Working with the CAF has been fascinating; their collection of aircraft and the volunteers who work to restore them are inspirational and really give a sense of the dedication that goes into preserving these important artifacts.”

Excerpts of the film will be pre-screened at MiPTV in Cannes, France on April 3-6, 2017. The producers plan to release the film in 2019. Looking Glass International will handle international sales for this film. 

 

 

About NCTV

Nik Coleman Television USA LLC is the American operating affiliate of Nik Coleman Television based in Norfolk, England. Nik Coleman founder and CEO has an extensive portfolio of projects ranging from corporate video presentations to film features. Season one of the “Plane Resurrection” series, which documents restoration projects of various military aircraft, is available on Netflix now. For more information about NCTV visit www.NikColeman.com.  

About the Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying military aircraft museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. Fulfilling its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition- take the airplanes to the people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

The CAF is a non-profit educational association with more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 vintage military aircraft distributed throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.  

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Iconic World War II Boeing B‐29 Superfortress bomber returning to Phoenix area March 2.

(DALLAS-February 23, 2017) – FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, will make two stops in the Phoenix area early in March. The CAF AirPower History tour will visit Mesa Gateway Airport March 2 through 5 and Goodyear Airport March 7 through 12. FIFI is one of only two remaining airworthy B-29s in the world. The B-29 and other vintage military aircraft will be on display at Gateway Aviation Services, 5803 South Sossaman Road in Mesa and LuxAir Jet Center, 1658 Litchfield Road #110, in Goodyear. Accompanying aircraft include a C‐45 Expeditor and a T‐6 Texan. Visitors may tour the B‐29 cockpit and purchase rides in all of the airplanes.

The Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B‐17s and B‐24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The airplane represented state of the art technology at the time. The B‐29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s. 

FIFI, celebrating her 43rd year with the CAF in 2017, is visiting local airports throughout the United States as the feature aircraft in the CAF AirPower History Tour. The tour brings aircraft, pilots and crews from over 60 CAF units located throughout the country together to create an ever changing assortment of touring military airplanes. These aircraft are powerful history lessons bringing the sights, sounds and stories of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.   

The donation for ramp access is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 11‐17. Children age 10 and under are free. The airplanes will be on static display when they are not flying. Ride prices range from $75 to $1,495 and reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org where additional information about the tour stop may also be found. 

 About the CAF’s B‐29 Superfortress FIFI:

FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was planned to be used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.

About the Commemorative Air Force:

The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 60 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, visit .

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On January 26, 2017, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) received the prestigious 2016 New Business/Development of the Year award at the Spotlighting the Cliff Awards event held by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce at the Kessler Theater in Dallas.

The Headquarter's staff members were in attendance to accept the award. The CAF was honored for the organization’s dedication to preserving American military aviation heritage, for the CAF’s commitment to excellence and for supporting the south Dallas community. The CAF announced the move of the Headquarter's offices to Dallas in 2014. Since then, the offices and staff continue to grow at the Dallas Executive Airport location. Last year, the community presence was especially felt at the CAF Wings Over Dallas Airshow, which will be held again October 6-8, 2017.

 

In the photo, left to right, CAF staff members Bill Shepard, RozeLyn Beck, Adam Smith, Donna Blalack, Lawanda Strhan, Lindsey Pena, Floyd Houdyshell; and Rodney Burchfield of the Dallas Economic Development Office.

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February 16, 2017 – In January, the Joe Foss Squadron completed the first series of sessions for area Boy Scouts to earn their Aviation Merit Badge. The Squadron partnered with the Civil Air Patrol, EAA Chapter #289 and Avera Hospitals Careflight to make this a great educational experience for the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts attended a three-session period over three weeks. Each session was 90 minutes long, and after completing all the sessions, the Boy Scouts received documentation to be awarded the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge! The first session was a great success, and over 40+ Boy Scouts have already signed up for future sessions! The next session is being planned for March.  

 

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On Saturday, February 11th, the Joe Foss Squadron took a field trip to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum located in Granite Falls, MN. The Squadron was honored to receive a behind the scenes tour of the museum and the restoration shops. Fagen Fighters is currently working on a SB2C Helldiver project and a P-40E project. The Fagen Fighters Museum has an amazing collection of WWII aircraft (almost all airworthy), WWII equipment and vehicles and displays. The airport has been turned into a WWII airfield with a control tower, quonset hut and a German Normandy gun emplacement, just to highlight a few items. If you ever find yourself in the area, this is a must see museum! Thank you to Fagen Fighters for their work to restore and fly WWII aircraft, and for being a great friend of the Joe Foss Squadron!

 

Ken Salisbury

 

On January 14th, the Joe Foss Squadron hosted the first presentation of our HomeTown Heroes. The HomeTown Heroes series was created so Squadron members could meet with and learn from wartime experiences of WWII veterans, helping to keep their personal history alive. On Saturday, January 14th, the HomeTown Heroes Series kicked off with SSGT Ken Salisbury, a C-47 radio operator who participated in every major airborne operation of WWII. Salisbury told stories about being shot accidentally down during the airborne operation over Sicily by the US Navy, and then dropping American paratroopers into Normandy on June 6th and British paratroopers into Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. From North Africa to Operation Varsity in Germany, Salisbury had a great view of the war from his C-47. Additionally, his wife Arta who joined him, talked about life on the home front!

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COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH RETURN OF RISE ABOVE TRAVELINIG EXHIBIT

Thousands of North Texas Students to Learn About the Tuskegee Airmen with FREE Hands On Program

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will bring its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit back to Dallas for a free Black History Month program February 6-17, 2017. The CAF invites area schools, churches and civic groups to a free field trip that will provides students with an opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African-American military pilots and their support personnel.

The CAF RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a mobile movie theater operated by the CAF’s Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. It features a unique large-format curved screen theater allows students to experience the original 30-minute film, “Rise Above,” in an immersive setting. The film tells the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen and their struggle for civil rights and equality. It also gives viewers the exciting sensation of flying in a rebuilt P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen.

While emphasizing the valuable life lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, the program will include goal-setting activities designed to help young people create a path to success while articulating their life goals. Students will also get “hands-on” with history, handling artifacts from World War II. Various veterans including decorated Vietnam veteran and noted actor Willie Minor and others will be onsite during selected hours to meet with students and share their experiences.

“Our goal is to offer a quality and impactful event that will benefit students while honoring the many black Americans who have made important contributions to our country,” said Bill Shepard, program leader and CAF Vice President of Education Bill Shepard. “The Tuskegee Airmen played an important role in black history, and their life lessons can inspire people of all ages to rise above their own obstacles and find success. We’re excited to host this second annual event in the south Dallas community.”

Space is limited for this free event and is booked by reservation only. Contact Tracy Smith at the CAF at (580) 786-6251 or tsmith@cafhq.org to schedule your school, community group or youth organization.

Learn more about the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at https://youtu.be/A7h4VmIPGBM.

WHAT:                    Commemorative Air Force Black History Month Celebration

                              Featuring the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit

WHERE:                  Commemorative Air Force Headquarters

                              Dallas Executive Airport  5661 Mariner Drive, Dallas, TX 75237

WHEN:                    February 6-17  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

                              *note – most visual day might be Friday, February 10

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