Tex­tron ends Cessna TTx pro­duc­tion, and an up­date on the C-47A That’s All Brother.

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On June 6, 1944, a Dou­glas C-47A Skytrain named That’s

All Brother led some 800 para­troop-car­ry­ing C-47s over Nor­mandy, France, dur­ing what has been named the D-Day in­va­sion — the be­gin­ning of the end of World War II. Like so many of the air­planes that served in the war, That’s All Brother con­tin­ued its life in var­i­ous civil­ian roles, and its name had been all but for­got­ten. About 10 years ago, the air­plane was flown to Basler Turbo Con­ver­sions in Oshkosh, Wis­con­sin, where it was slated for a ma­jor mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

But be­fore the tur­bo­prop con­ver­sion be­gan, the his­tory of the air­plane was dis­cov­ered. The Com­mem­o­ra­tive Air Force took on the project, and af­ter con­sid­er­able restora­tion work, most of which was done at Basler, the air­plane re­turned to flight on Jan­uary 31. CAF pi­lot Doug Rozen­daal, who landed

That’s All Brother at Wittman Re­gional Air­port about a decade ago, was at the con­trols.

Re­turn­ing this C-47 to fly­ing con­di­tion was no small feat. The CAF be­gan with a highly suc­cess­ful Kick­starter cam­paign to bring in the funds re­quired to com­plete the project. More than 3,000 in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions con­trib­uted more than $2 mil­lion to the project. Ap­prox­i­mately 22,000 hours of work, in­clud­ing about 1,600 hours worth of anti-cor­ro­sion work alone, have been put in so far. Some in­stru­men­ta­tion has been added, and the Pratt & Whit­ney R-1830 Twin Wasp en­gines have been com­pletely over­hauled. And the restora­tion is not yet com­plete. The in­te­rior work is now in progress, and the ex­te­rior, which is cur­rently a vinyl cov­er­ing with his­tor­i­cal D-Day im­ages, will be re­turned to the orig­i­nal paint de­signs. The air­plane’s per­ma­nent base will be in San Mar­cos, Texas, where the CAF Cen­tral Texas Wing will con­tinue to care for and main­tain it.

Things are look­ing promis­ing for the CAF’s ul­ti­mate goal for That’s All Brother to once again lead a flight of C-47s over Nor­mandy on the cel­e­bra­tion of the 75th an­niver­sary of D-Day, June 6, 2019.

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