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Airborne Drop 2002 - Aug 24-25 2002
Windsor Airport, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Right across the river from Detroit MI.
2002 is the 60th Anniversary of the Canadian
Airborne as well as the 82nd All American Airborne. As a
commemoration of this event the following groups have been invited.
Airborne Contacts Made
1) Pathfinder UK & Canada. Their
unit consists of British and Canadian former airborne troopers who jump
static line with round parachutes. They have jumped at many ceremonies
in Europe such as June 6 D-Day and Arnheim, Holland. All members are
current jumpers, military trained. Their unit will bring about 40
members from the UK with another 20 from Canada.
Contact is Roy Mobsby phone 011442380899369
7 The Glade
2) Airborne Demonstration Team USA. This
unit consists of former 82nd Airborne members throughout the USA with
the groups headquarters based in Oklahoma City. Many members also reside
in the Detroit area. Their members also jump World War Two style and
have jumped many air shows and commemorations.
Contacts are Steve Mrozek
3) Captain John Hodgins 252-7615
officer for the Windsor area with a former Canadian Airborne background.
Will help getting current Canadian Armed Forces to help with the Airshow
and bring aircraft and manpower.
The idea would be
for a 12:00pm airborne drop on the North side of the field. The airdrop
would start with a fighter softening up an enemy force of military
vehicles. Pyrotechnics would
be set of to give smoke for direction to the jumpers. After the
softening up, as many as 5 DC3s would drop they sticks of paratroopers.
On the ground re-enactors who would not be jumping will finish the
attack off. The entire drop should take 1 hour.
DC3 / C47 Aircraft Already
Airborne Demonstration C47. Original D-Day
aircraft in WWII colours
Warplane Heritage C47
Confederate Air Force C47
Chicago Ill Jim Quick
Confederate Air Force JU 52
Enterprise Air Oshawa Airport
2 current C47s used for forest fire fighting.
Hotest Ticket of The Summer, 2002
To top the Saturday evening a USO style big band
dance could be held in a festival tent on a tarmac. Cost for a tent from
Festival Tent big enough to hold 500 people with tables and chairs is
between $2,500 and $3,000. range. Glen Bacarro represents a 300 member
strong swing dance club that regularly brings 150 dancers to quarterly
dances. The dance area would have WWII aircraft and vehicles surround
the tent. People would be invited to dress up in period clothing. CKLW
580 which plays Big Band music should be invited to be a major
participant which would culminate into free ads. Cost for the dance
would be $10.00. The big band should be about
15 members and would be outfitted in WWII uniforms. Musicians
will be arranged by Wes Paun 564-9600. The United Way would certainly
like to get involved in this event, perhaps theme the 2002/2003 drive
with the swing era. Such an event as this airborne drop will
generate much interest from the Detroit
side of the border because of the 82nd Airborne Contingent. We
have time to promote the idea and sell tickets for the dance etc.
Sponsor seats should be sold on the DC3s for minimum $500.00 for the
chance of a lifetime. This will offset the aircraft costs.
We should make contact with the following for sponsorship of both the Airborne Drop and the Big Band Dance.
1) Esso Aviatate for donated fuel for DC3s
2) VIP Seats for the DC3s during air drop. Seats will be sold for $500.00min to be onboard a DC3 during the drop.
3) CKWW 580 With the Big Band Dance, CKWW could be invited with Wayne Stevens being M/C for the night. CKWW and its sister stations would give free advertising for both the air show and dance.
4) Walkerville Brewery or (Labatts or Molsons) Walkerville Brewery has been know to give free beer for events. The dance could receive the donated beer which would obviously increase revenue.
Any other sponsors with the United Ways approval should be
Vehicles can be encouraged to come along with re-enactors. Ground
displays that are available are the nose of a WACO glider. These gliders
were used by the Allies through WWII. A convoy of WWII
military vehicles from Belgium will be travelling through Canada. They
should be contacted and invited.
Many volunteers will be needed.
1) Advertising All the internet contacts and forums should be used.
The following groups should be notified; Royal Cdn Legion, American
Legion, Dutch Community Groups, Airborne Associations, Military
2) Set Up. The troopers will need things such as
packing tables etc to set up.
3) Lodging. The troopers will lodge themselves
but a group should be set up to find lodging for the different groups.
Eg Dorms U of W. Cantebury
4) Big Band Dance. Cash Bar, tables, advance
tickets, stage and more.
5) Sponsorship. Volunteers will be needed to
encourage sponsorships that will help offset costs.
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