January 23, 2014
To culminate the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s Winter 2014 Jump School, the Team will be hosting an Open Hangar Day this Saturday, Jan. 25th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Frederick.
Open Hangar Day will be held at the historic Frederick Army Airfield section of the Frederick Municipal Airport, southeast of Frederick. The event is free and open to the public. The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team extends a special invitation to all veterans of World War II to attend. In addition to 1940s style military parachute jump demonstrations, historic military displays and vehicles, drinks and snacks will be available in the heated 1940s era “mess hall”.
The Winter Jump School session will begin on July 18, and includes students from Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Jump phase should begin on Jan 23 for the students, and team members will be jumping throughout the entire
The Demonstration jumps are planned for the beginning of the day, before winds increase; plan to be on site by 8 a.m. The Drop Zone is located south of Frederick and west of the airport. Throughout the day, military displays and memorabilia will be presented by the members of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. Historic military vehicles will also be on display, and rides in an authentic WWII jeep will be offered for a small donation. In addition, instructors and students from the winter jump school will be on-hand to show off their equipment and answer questions about the Team.
Also, staff from the U.S. Army Artillery Museum from Fort Sill will be exhibiting their WWII Jeep, and will have their 75mm-howitzer set up to fire blanks, along with other exhibits.
For those attending, you may also wish to take part in the Airborne Experience. For special Membership fee, you will be able to ride in our C-47 while it is dropping paratroopers. Please contact Sharon Bennett at 580-305-2289 for more information.
Individuals will be allowed to go “Airborne” along with jump team members on a C47 flight. Hear and feel what it’s like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment “Stand Up, Hook Up, and Go Out the Door!”
For added entertainment, the local Bluegrass band “Wichita Mountain Bluegrass” will be performing at 11 a.m.
If you cannot attend this event, mark your calendars for the Summer Open Hangar and Fly in for July 26.