AAM’s Living History Flight Experience is a one-of-a-kind immersive educational program, where Living Historians show passengers what 101st and 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers experienced on their incredible 1,200-plane D-Day assault. You are issued an M-1942 jump jacket, helmet and parachute harness, take part in an authentic pre-flight mission briefing and listen to the actual radio speech by U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower preparing troops for the coming battle.
On board the C-47, passengers feel and hear the aircraft’s mighty twin engines firing up, then she taxis to the runway and takes off from Republic Airport, heading for Long Island’s South Shore. During flight, they observe the pilots operating their cockpit controls and paratroopers prepping for battle. As they fly over Jones Beach, passengers relive the Airborne experience up to the very moment when orders are given to stand up, hook parachutes up to the above static line and get ready to jump! And while they don’t parachute out at flight’s end, after returning to Hangar 3 each passenger reads a card with the story of an actual soldier, revealing whether he lived or died.
AAM’s four C-47 flights are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can book seats online.
The public is invited to visit AAM’s Hangar 3 all day on October 7th, so you can watch each flight and tour AAM’s exhibits. Regular admission is free for members, $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and veterans, $10 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under.