Get the DAK Back! D-Day Veteran C47 N12BA

by The Blackpool Dakota Project in Blackpool Airport, England, United Kingdom

Get the DAK Back! D-Day Veteran C47 N12BA


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This project will only be funded if at least £125,000 is pledged by October 7th 2019 at 12:53pm

To Purchase and operate this D-Day Veteran Douglas DC 3/C-47A Dakota from Blackpool Airport as part of a new Heritage Flight Project

by The Blackpool Dakota Project in Blackpool Airport, England, United Kingdom

This project is the next step in the adventure of the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team and its campaign to build on the Aviation heritage of Blackpool Squires Gate and the role Blackpool has played in aircraft manufacturing and in supporting the RAF during WW2.

Our Dakota was built in 1943 in Long Beach California.  She was taken on strength by the United States Army Air Force in August 1943.  During the D-Day drop she flew on the first wave as Aircraft #51 carrying the 3rd Battalion of the 82 Airborne onto Drop Zone "N" in the region of St Mere Eglise Region.

This WW2 Veteran is currently overseas and we believe that her return to the UK and subsequent overhaul and upgrade will see this heroic aircraft in the skies above the UK for generations to come.

The Dakota Aircraft was also flown by RAF Pilots and also acted a Towing Aircraft for other operations such as Market Garden in 1944 and at our Visitor Centre at Blackpool Airport we hope to open up this project to the members of the Public.  We need to Crowdfund £125,000 to secure the future of this Dakota and hope that the UK Public as well as those in the United States will support our attempts to return this D-Day vet to the UK.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£250 or more

Private Family Tour and Picnic at Hangar 42 for 10

Have Hangar 42 to yourself for a personalised tour, which will include a chance for all your 10 guests to sit in the cockpit of one of our replica Spitfires and to have your picture taken. Have a tour of our Hangar and learn about it's history and our projects and to then enjoy a picnic in our WW2 NAAFI - times will be subject to availability and may include evening and weekends as available.

£150 or more

Spitfire Simulator Flight Training & Hangar Tour

For this reward pledge you will get to take the controls of our Mark Vb Spitfire Simulator. This unique Simulator can only be seen at Hangar 42 Blackpool Airport and gives you a chance to sit in a full sized Spitfire and receive professional training on how to fly the Spitfire. This pledge gives you a 1 hour flight training session and the opportunity for 3 friends to watch your campaign. This reward includes a personal tour of Hangar 42

£250 or more

WW2 Piper Cub trip to the Tower

For a donation to the Dakota Fund of £250 you will get a chance to be our guest to fly the Golden Mile in our very own 1943 USAAF Piper Cub. Flying from Hangar 42, we will show you around our visitor centre, familiarise you with our fantastic Cub, telling you all about her History and then take you along the Golden Mile to view Blackpool's beachfront from the Air. For this 30 minute flight you will need to bring your Camera!

£2,000 or more

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101st Airborne Ground Display Parachutists Stick

Your donation of £2000 guarantees you a part as an 18 man 101st Airborne Stick for the Dakota. This donation would ideally suit a 101st Airborne re-enactor who already owns the Airborne kit and who is knowledgeable in the History of the US Airborne in WW2. As part of our Blackpool Airport programme you would take part in Public static displays at the Airport and Airshows etc as well as be given the opportunity to take part TV and Film work.

£2,000 or more

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1st Batallion British Para Regt - Arnhem Stick

This donation entitles you to be part of the British 1st Batallion of the Parachute Regiment Stick of 20 men, who will support the Blackpool Dakota at events being run under the British Forces theme. Your support of the Aircraft on the Ground at Blackpool Airport and as require at UK wide Airshows, as well as TV and Flim. Ideally you will already have the British Airborne WW2 Uniform and have a good knowledge of Airborne History.

£10,000 or more

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Dakota Crew X2 year Volunteer Role

This is a major donation towards the initial purchase and set up costs for the Blackpool Dakota Project. As one of only 6 Dakota Cabin Crew Volunteers you will become part of the Display Crew visiting Airshows or other pre-organised events with the Dakota, on a rota basis, should you wish to do so. We would want you as a Dakota Crew Member to be keen to interact with the Public and be knowledgeable about the Blackpool Dakota project.

Let's make 'Get the DAK Back! D-Day Veteran C47 N12BA' happen

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