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Historical Airplanes Visit Reykjavík Airport En Route to Normandy

Three historical planes visited the Reykjavík Airport last night. The planes, which are all restored from the Second World War, were on their way to Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

One of the youngest pilots in the world

Among the crew of one of the planes were father and son team Tim and Job Savage from Florida. Job is one of the youngest such pilots in the world. This was the young aviator’s first transatlantic crossing.

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Job (L) and Tim (R) Savage. Photo by Erik.

When we spoke to them they had arrived from refueling in Greenland. “It’s been an 11-hour flight from Goose Bay in Labrador,” Tim stated. “We got up at 3:30 Goose Bay time, left the airport in a rainstorm and made it to Greenland around 12:00 Greenland time.” The team report that the trip went well, though cockpit temperatures averaged -5°C [23°F]. The Greenland stop lasted for around an hour and a half before continuing to Iceland.

The pair described the trip as “quite the adventure.”

The plane in question they piloted was a 1941 Douglas DC-3 that had been used as a transport plane during the Second World War and later served as an airliner.

That’s All, Brother

A third historical plane made its way to the Reykjavík Airport as well last night. Dubbed “That’s All, Brother,” the plane has been described as one of the most historically significant planes still in flight. “That’s All, Brother” is a Douglas C-47, a military version of the similar DC-3. It famously led the first wave of paratroopers during the Allied invasion of Normandy, which will be commemorating its 80th anniversary this year.

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Erik

The crew spent a day in Reykjavík and clearly did some shopping at souvenir shops. After their return on board, the public was invited to tour the historical planes, which left the Reykjavík Airport this morning to continue their journey to Scotland.

 

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