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WHAT OUR VISITORS SAID..

‘This was my third and most meaningful trip to Normandy. Seeing it by air really put things in perspective for me. You are a great guide and delightful people to spend the day with.’ ......

Pastor Ron Corzine, San Antonio, Texas.

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The Pointe du Hoc and Mulberry Harbour are only 2 hours from London with our Normandy D Day Air/Land Tour.

Mayfair Dove - fly like royalty.

SISTER DOVE IN GERMANY

There are two Doves flying in Europe's skies - Mayfair Dove and the equally comfortable LTU Dove based in Munchengladbach. Have a look at her great website.

All found at www.ltu-classic.de plus everything you need to know about how to book a pleasure flight in this beautifully maintained classic airliner.

DOG GREEN PRODUCTIONS

All the superb media and inter actives for the new American Visitor Center at Omaha Beach were made by Max Lewkowicz and Dog Green Productions - who produced the film ' Normandy Five ' - and now are working on a new film about the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. This film is also for a new visitor center on the Pointe du Hoc, at long last bringing an official museum to the headland. 

Max Lewkowicz is a historian specialising on World War Two and works on films for the History Channel and many, many military museums around the world. You can find out more about his productions at:
http://www.normandyfive.com/

 

BRITISH STORE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Even if you don't live near the bay this store will supply anywhere in the USA. They have a long, long list of all sorts of British food and drinks. Well worth a browse!

www.britshoppe.com

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM TRAINING

One company management team ready for take off and three days in Normandy

One of the most respected investment bankers in America – whose company looks after a portfolio of 40 billion dollars - urged that we offer our Normandy trips to companies for management team training. We began with company tours where the programme sometimes included a day or two in England before flying to Normandy for two or three days.

 

We soon discovered that company chairmen and their fellow directors enjoy the tour - often longer than a single day - and return home with a new perspective. 

 

There are valuable lessons for any manager to learn from the intricate tapestry of success and failure on D Day. We look into both Allied and German strategic and tactical decision making at some length, including the strategic debate before D Day among the German leadership - which mirrors a debate in Britain during summer 1940 when threatened by Operation Sealion.

 

Although the preparations for D Day took four years the battle could have been lost during that single morning – and nearly was on Omaha Beach – making D Day almost unique among modern battles. Moreover the bulk of the complex preparations were brought together only within the final few months before D Day. Even more remarkable, once the invasion forces set off, their Commander, General Eisenhower, had no influence over the outcome. D Day succeeded because thousands of young men, many without any rank, did their duty, often deciding on the spot what was best for the isolated few around them, frequently under the most harrowing circumstances.

 

 Switzerland where everything runs like clockwork has a reputation for good management. Yet debate continues over Swiss management style. Many believe that its processes of consultation are simply too slow in the face of today's ruthless competition. The Federal Council's muddled response to extortion by Libya revealed their inability to handle a crisis through teamwork. Others maintain that large companies and banks in Switzerland only land in trouble when they import senior management!

 

None dispute that the Swiss are brilliant organisers. The foundations of this national gift are laid at school where teamwork and co-operation are regarded as important life skills. 

 

Most managers in Switzerland - including those in the Army and Air Force and the Federal Government - none-the-less would be surprised how much they learn during a few hours in Normandy.   

 

For the Swiss we would suggest road travel to Normandy with the option of an air tour over the landing grounds and assault beaches. However, if you start your tour in England, this allows us to include a visit to Sir Winston Churchill's Archives at Churchill College in Cambridge.

 

AIRBORNE ASSAULT MUSEUM

This imaginative project aims to move the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum from its present rather limited quarters at Aldershot to a new, more ambitious site at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

All enthusiasts for veteran aircraft know about Duxford. The museum is visited by 420,000 people a year, many from the USA and Canada. Duxford has gained a world-wide reputation as one of the finest collections of airworthy legends - Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang, B 17 and many others - some 200 aircraft in total with its renowned American collection in a magnificent hangar designed by Sir Norman Foster.

Duxford already has a land warfare hall with a remarkable collection of armour and artillery from both World Wars. One of the most fascinating exhibits is the pair of caravans in which Field marshal Montgomery worked and lived from the Normandy landings to the German surrender on Luneberg Heath. Moving the new airborne museum to the same site allows both institutions to compliment each other.

The new museum will cover the history of the airborne concept as well as the story of Britain's airborne forces. One display will look into the future of airborne forces. Other plans include using virtual reality to give visitors the ' experience ' of making a jump and an outdoor area with jump towers, death-slide and 80 metre zip line. Plenty of fun for children and a recruiting team on hand!

Another valuable programme connected with the museum project is compiling an oral history. This has been done by the Department of State over the Vietnam War and preserved many stories that otherwise would have been lost. Oral histories give an astonishing picture of the raw courage displayed by normal people under the most difficult circumstances, who are often unaware that they have done anything out of the ordinary. So, if you are a former British or Canadian airborne soldier, if you served as an airborne soldier with the Free Forces of our European wartime allies, please do get in touch. Most of you are not known to the compilers of this oral history who are trying to contact and interview as many volunteers as possible. 

There's a great amount of support for the project from the airborne community starting with HRH Prince Charles as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment. President of the Appeal is General Sir Mike Jackson, recently Chief of the Army Staff; the Chairman is Major General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC, also recently retired. Some £ 3,000,000 of the needed £ 5,000,000 has been raised but there's plenty of room for more sponsors, particularly from business, industry and banking.

Do have a look at their website http://www.airborneassault-duxford.com/ where you will also find how to contact Development Director, Steve Cooper, who is delighted to answer your questions about sponsorship.

 

Waiting to jump summer 1959. On the right checking the manifest is Normandy veteran, Major David Breeze.

  

NORMANDY AMERICAN VISITOR CENTER

OPENED ON MEMORIAL DAY WITH A CEREMONY ON 6 JUNE 2007

 

Americans visiting the Normandy beaches may look forward to a brand new visitor centre. Opened on Memorial Day there followed a dedication ceremony on 6 June 2007 - among those present were Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late President Eisenhower; Walter Ehlers, veteran of Omaha Beach who later won the Medal of Honor; Secretary for Defence Robert M Gates who gave the address; General Frederick M Franks, President of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission and US Ambassador Craig R Stapleton. Situated beside the beautiful American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer above Omaha Beach, the centre is the creation of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission who care for all the overseas cemeteries where America's fallen lie at rest. There are cemeteries in several countries including Britain, France, Germany and Italy. The largest cemetery of all is in the Philippines.

You can discover much more about the Commission and its work all over the World from their website and do have a look at their short videos. These perfectly convey the peace and beauty of the cemeteries at Colleville-sur-Mer and many other places far from America's shores. The American Airborne Museum at Saint Mere-Eglise and the Utah Beach Museum are highly regarded. British and Canadian visitors benefit from several improved and new museums further along the coast. Until this year there was no official museum at Omaha Beach, thus a brand new American visitor centre with a museum under its roof fills an important gap. Admission is free. The centre stands above the beach where the highest price was paid during those first hours of Europe's liberation. The greatest monument to those killed, missing and wounded on D Day remains modern Europe.

The very welcoming visitor centre at the cemetery for helping relatives and visitors find loved ones moves into the new centre during this summer. We will bring you more news about the Normandy American Visitor Center throughout the next months. The latest is on STOP PRESS - link at bottom page.

 

THE ASSAULT GLIDER TRUST

This fascinating project involves rebuilding and restoring the Horsa and Waco ( Hadrian ) wartime gliders and a C 47 aircraft. The trust has been given a national lottery grant and much help from the Royal Air Force station where it is based in the beautiful county of Shropshire. The trust provides educational resources as well. But they have to match every pound they're given by raising voluntary donations. Have a look at the trust's website - www.assaultgliderproject.co.uk - not only does it explain what they're doing and all manner of things they search for to restore and rebuild, but it's also a goldmine of information for anyone interested in the history of Airborne Forces. If you would like to include the Assault Glider Trust on a tour, just let us know.

 

DEVONS AND DOVES

The De Havilland Aircraft Company named its first post war civil design aircraft the Dove. This aircraft became the most popular British airliner with 550 built and sold World wide. Only the Britten-Norman Islander has beaten this record. A number of Doves were built to more exacting standards for the Royal Air Force. These were known as Devons and served on communications duties, particularly for the Royal Family, VIPS and senior officers.

We have added links to two sites which give a mine of information about Devons and Doves, not to mention a famous RAF squadron, and an aircraft collection in Australia. These sites are 207 Squadron RAF Association's pages on Devon VP962 - now the Mayfair Dove - and the Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group's page on the DH Devon/Dove. Have a look. There's a goldmine of facts and photos on both sites. 

 

MILITARY HISTORY BUFFS

Americans who enjoy military history might like to browse the extensive website of the American Society for Military History. Another excellent site with many pages and links is that of the innovative magazine Armchair General.

We're steadily adding to our history and opinion pages. A great deal of background about D Day is provided on our pre-take off briefing. Our purpose is to maximise the value of the time spent with our team in the air and on the ground.

PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING

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You can make enquiries and book all our tours - air, Chunnel/ferry and road - through ourselves in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, UK and through our agent, Barry Hyatt CTC of Air & Marine Travel in Brewster, New York, USA.

You are very welcome to email post@britishskytours.com or airmartrav@suscom.net for more information.

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