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










 William E. Brown

 Born:                            20 June 1922              

Enlistment date:            30 January 1943

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             97th Troop Carrier Squadron, 440th Troop Carrier Group.

Rank:                            1st Lieutenant

Specialisations:             Pilot


Decorations:                  Air Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, American Theater Medal, WWII Victory Medal,

Discharge Date:            1945

Other Information:        William Volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps on June 5th 1942, but was able to continue his college course in engineering November 1942, at which time he asked for active duty and on November 16th 1942 he was ordered to report to Headquarters on January 30th 1943. He began his pilot training at Sheppard Field, Texas and continued through a typical extensive program that would see him receive specific training at College Station, Texas; Corsicana, Texas; Independence, Kansas; San Antonio, Texas and finally Ellington Field, Texas where he received his pilot wings on February 8th 1944.

William served as an instructor at Ellington Field, Texas from February 1944 through to September 1944 when, at his request, he was slated for overseas duty. He landed in Europe on November 11th 1944 where he served with distinction until his discharge in late 1945.


William Brown was able to join us with his family at Frederick Army Airfield, Oklahoma in July 2010 for our Summer 2010 Jump School Open House and had an opportunity to reacquaint himself with our C-47, the same type of aircraft he flew during WWII.