C-47 "Ride-Along"


"Airborne Experience"

We are now able to offer a new "ride-along" Airborne experience. Individuals will be allowed to go "Airborne" along with jump team members on a C47 flight.  Hear and feel what it's like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment "Stand Up & hook Up".

To learn more about this opportunity contact us at: operations_@_wwiiadt.org










Edward O Kyler

 Born:                             28 September 1924

Enlistment date:            05 November 1943     Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             C Company, 501st Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Private

Specialisations:             Parachutist

Qualifications:               Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Wings

Decorations:                  EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze Star and bronze Arrowhead, WWII Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourragere, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Discharge Date:           

Other Information:        Ed was working in his Uncle’s gas station pumping gas when he volunteered for military service. His family wanted him to join the Navy, but Ed has seen several military men with attitude, wearing brown boots and garrison caps and wanted to be a part of it. He joined up on his eighteenth birthday. Following 14 weeks of basic training, Ed was transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia for Jump School and then transported to England aboard the USS American just in Time to make the jump into Normandy on June 6th 1944. Ed also made the September 1944 jump into The Netherlands and was trucked into Bastogne with the rest of the 101st Airborne Division to shore up the Bulge. He made it all the way to Germany and when the war ended found himself in Austria. After the war, Ed returned to pumping gas and ran his own service station for 23 years.