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
D-Day Commemoration, Silent Wings Museum
On June 4-5, 2011, the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team partipcated in the D-Day Commemoration at the Silent Wings Glider Museum in Lubbock, TX. This is the fourth year the team has participated in the event, and the third year we've been able to bring our C-47 "Boogie Baby" to Lubbock.
Team displays included static displays of typical equipment of the airborne (both glider and parachute) troops of WWII, as well as "Airborne Experience" rides and tours of the aircraft. Note the Horsa glider cockpit in the background.
Geared up under the wing of the CG-4A Glider
Team members were also able to interact with a number of WWII veterans who both were visiting the museum, as well as veterans who are docents for the Silent Wings Museum. These veterans are from a variety of branches of the service, and included a 1943 graduate of Frederick Army Air Field, now home base of the team.
Team Member Sharon Bennett with one of the veteran docents of the Silent Wings Museum.
The Silent Wings Museum has an outstanding collection of airborne equipment, including a CG-4A glider, a Horsa glider that is under construction, a wide range of weapons and equipment, and even a glider-transportable bulldozer!
The Silent Wings Museum is located on the Lubbock International Airport; during WWII, it was the South Plains Army Air Field, home of glider flight training. One of the remaining buildings from the era is a "120 ft Temporary Hangar" of the same design as the WWII ADT headquarters in Frederick.
View of the Texas countryside from the astrodome of the aircraft (looking toward the nose)
The newly installed "Rebecca" antenna in flight over West Texas
A full view of the former Frederick Army Air Field, our home base!
Shadow of the C-47 as seen out one of the windows on approach to land at Frederick
The Silent Wings Museum is one of the outstanding WWII museums; we always greatly enjoy working with the staff and the excellent crowds they attract to their facility and look forward to attending again next year. The website for the museum is: