Thursday, May 11, 2017

Flying coffins – the planes that carried the Airborne

Via Cousin Joel

The invasion of Normandy involved a wide variety of planes from heavy bombers that softened up German defenses through fighter that harried enemy troops on the ground to transport planes. As part of our watch-along of Band of Brothers, today we'll look at the aircraft the Airborne and their British counterparts used for deployment.


  1. The "Greatest Generation" didn't need nor did they ask for "safe Zones"!

  2. An interesting sidenote, most paratroopers that went to VN trained in C119's in jump school. It was the last of the radial engine aircraft and was used for cargo, paratroopers, and as a gunship in RVN. The flying coffins were also used the same way and started the gunship revolution which is now taken over by the C130 which still runs a turbine/prop engine. I loved the C130 but the C119 made you wonder if it would ever get off the ground...I swear it took a runway as long as B52's use in order to get airborne. indyjonesouthere

    1. Interesting and thanks. The next time they have a C119 on Không Lực Việt Nam Cộng Hoà, I'll post this.