One of two Douglas C-47's that made the trans-Atlantic crossing to participate in this WW2 70th
anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the Normandy beaches in 1944: N74589, c/n 9926.
In Feb.2003 this N74589 was stored at Covington,GA and advertised for sale for usd 110.00,-
And three years
later it was advertised for sale for 40.000,-
In July 2008 it was noted with Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington,IL as 'stored with parts missing, under
restoration'. On 13Jun08 Jurmie E.Watkins Jr sold N74589 to Dixie Jet Service Inc of Oxford,GA.
But on 29Aug09 it was still at Covington,GA and seen without engines.
See photos taken of '589 at Covington on my page Photos by Friends & Guests 14
Restoration was taken up by Clive Edwards and a small team of other Brits (subsequently dubbed "The Union
Jack Dak" for a Union Flag painted on the forward fuselage) at Covington, finished the job in a matter of weeks
and in the nick of time to join flying festivities in July 2010 for 'The Last Time DC-3/C-47 Gathering' (the
75th Dakota anniversary) in 2010, in Illinois.
The D-Day invasion colours were added later. N74589 is based these days at Waterbury/Oxford,CT.
In June 2019 N74589 looked even better at D-Day 75th anni, Daks over Duxford!
N74589 ('224064', C-47A c/n 9926) sports D-Day invasion colors, with the fuselage code 'ID', since 2011. It has been reported that she will stay in the UK at least for a season or two, before returning to the US. This may have to do with the fact that the owner is British, though I am not sure if he actually lives in England.
Clive Edwards and the Tale of N74589
"From 1974 to 1978 I worked for Aero Dyne in Renton,WA. Aero Dyne ran 7 DC-3/C-47s on a variety of missions. One of these was N74589.
After I left the company, N74589 was leased to an air freight company. I'm not sure of the details but '589 was abandoned on the airport at Covington,GA and hadn't flown since 1998.
Clive Edwards of DB Aviation in London, England has rescued a number of older transports, including 4 DC-3s/C-47s. When he heard that the 75th Anniversary of the DC-3 was going to be celebrated at The Last Time fly-in (scheduled to take place the week before AirVenture 2010), he set out to find a DC-3 in the States to resurrect. After a search he settled on N74589.
I received following update in dec.2014, related to the above on a gap in history of N74589, from Hooman Bahrani:
"I read the man named Clive had holes in the history of N74589; I have somewhere between 600-900 hours flying that DC-3 for years before it got stuck in Georgia, where it appears he bought it. We flew freight out of its base in Greensboro,NC. Mainly to Michigan, but up and down the east coast.
An amazing plane. Enjoyed your writing about N74589 and the other DC-3ís there in Normandy, and the photos too".
Noted at St. Lucie County Airport (FL), 07Mar2015 - Neal Stebbings propliner update
In Aug.2018 I received following email-
"It was nice to see a reference to C-47 Placid Lassie (N74589) on your page.
I can add that Placid Lassie's paint job is exactly as it was on D-Day when she towed a glider on the Chicago mission for the 74th TCS.
At the time we only knew that she was ID-N.
Shortly after you took photos of her, during the Market Garden 70th, the flight crew was privileged to meet her last surviving crew member, Ed Tunison. He told us her name ('Placid Lassie'), along with engine names and brought us to a wartime photo. We have added these details.
We have also been in contact with other decendants of her wartime crew.
Since that time her owner, myself and a few others formed a 501(c)3 organization to keep her flying.
Placid Lassie was donated to the foundation. As was a PBY-5 project, tailnumber N423RS.
Ed has sadly passed, so we named our organization after him: www.tunisonfoundation.org
The planes are indeed based out of Treasure Coast International Located in Fort Pierce, FL (ICAO: KFPR).
Lassie was at OSH this year and other airshows. Cleveland this weekend, 01+02Sep.
She dropped jumpers on Fort Benning last week, for the 78th Airborne Anniversary.
We have put much of her history together. Reading your page I learned more. I didn't know that Clive also worked for Aero Dyne!
The information from Hooman Bahrani filled in another gap. But I'd like to learn more to add to our history pages.
We are bringing Placid Lassie back to Normandy, for the 75th anniversary next summer in concert with the UK 'Daks over Normandy' organization.
Our Foundation Chairman, Eric Zipkin, vowed to bring a whole squadron across from the US!
We are organizing/leading that mission with a jump off from KOXC in May 2019.
So far 22 planes have signed on including That's All Brother. Check out www.ddaysquadron.org for more.
If you know of anyone that would like to support our mission via donation, please send them our way!"
Ben Allan Smith