June 6, 1944 – D-Day. The long anticipated invasion of Europe begins.
Hundreds of thousands of allied troops, men from the United States, Great Britain, and other countries left England bound for the beaches of Normandy, France.
Leading the way for the seaborne invasion were many hundreds of men wearing parachutes, not to mention 80 pounds or more of weapons and equipment.
Douglas C-47 troop carriers and WACO gliders were charged with delivering these men behind the beaches at Normandy.
Their stories are being brought to life by a new state-of-the-art augmented reality exhibit inside the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
On Monday, museum officials were joined by representatives from the United States military, the Air Force Museum Foundation, the D-Day Museum in Normandy, and the D-Day Museum in England, along with numerous others to official open the new exhibit D-Day, Freedom From Above.
The official opening kicks off the museum’s tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
A parachute drop by a group of World War II reenactors was cancelled due to rain.