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Society seeks to keep DC–3 history alive

Placid Lassie is a D-Day Squadron Douglas C-47. The D-Day Squadron has launched the DC-3 Society to protect these types of warbirds and support their pilots and crew. Photo by David Tulis.

While “representing everything the DC–3 has accomplished in war and peace,” the DC–3 Society also will “organize the interest of DC–3 operators, enthusiasts and crew while maintaining airworthiness and displays for future generations,” the D-Day Squadron announced.

Members of the society will receive “access to a private web forum, tailored support for aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, private Facebook Group access, special gifts from the D-Day Squadron, newsletter, invitation to special events, as well [as], product and service discounts through an industry affiliate partner program.”

Membership is broken into five levels: aircraft owner/team, pilot/mechanic, enthusiast/historian, student, and media. The price of membership and benefits vary by level.

In addition, the D-Day Squadron and DC–3 Society created a Young Historians program “to continue sharing the compelling stories of the DC–3 and our veterans,” the group said.

“Our veterans are our window to the past, and developing a stronger force behind the DC–3 is a chance for us to continue honoring those who made sacrifices for the freedoms we have today,” said Lauren Roberts, membership coordinator for the DC–3 Society and a veteran of the business aviation sector, in a news release. “Our members not only benefit from their participation in our DC–3 type society, they are a part of making history come to life.”

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