|Good morning fellow aviators,
We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for the ASC gala March 12. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, don't forget to do so. This is going to be a great presentation.
Our speaker is Doug Rozendaal. Doug will tell the story of leading a formation of DC3 and C47 airplanes on a treacherous journey across the north Atlantic in May 2019 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day, the beginning of the liberation of France, in World War II. Doug was flying a restored C47 named "That's All Brother", the very same C47 that led the formation of 800 aircraft over Normandy back in 1944. He will also tell the story of rescuing That's All Brother from a boneyard in Wisconsin, and the restoration back to its original condition.
The 2019 convoy flew the same multi-segment route across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.K. airfields as all American aircraft used on D-Day did. After spending several days training in safety procedures in Oxford, Connecticut, the convoy flew through the same airbases, hopping a northerly route across the ocean: Presque Isle, Maine; Goose Bay, Labrador; Narsarsuaq, Greenland; Reykjavik, Iceland, then to Prestwick Airport outside Glasgow, Scotland and finally to Duxford Aerodrome in southern England for the June 6 reenactment, complete with paratroopers dropping into the same LZ's used in 1944.
About Doug Rozendaal
Doug Rozendaal grew up on a farm near State Center, Iowa. He says he got his pilot certificate in a Cessna 150, one dollar at a time with money he did not have. However, he really learned to fly hauling freight in the DC-3 and Beech 18.
Today he is an Airline Transport Pilot, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, and Certified Flight Instructor for both instrument and multi-engine. He also holds single and multi-engine seaplane ratings, a glider rating, and type ratings in the Citation, CitationJet, B-25, DC-3, PBY and TBM as well as authorizations in the P-51, P-40, F4-U, F6-F, Zero, and T-28. He also holds the coveted “all makes and models, single and multi-engine piston powered” endorsement.
He holds a surface level aerobatic waiver in 8 different types of World War II fighters and sport aircraft. Doug served as chair of the board of directors of the Commemorative Air Force from 2016 to 2021 and served several terms as the chair of the Safety Committee at the International Council of Airshows.
Doug will tell you he is the "luckiest guy you ever knew." He spends weekends flying warbirds for the Commemorative Air Force, other flying museums, and private collectors.
His aviation experience includes over 10,000 hours in more than 200 different aircraft types. He is an aviation writer published widely and speaks nationwide about aviation safety.
In 2019 he flew the C-47, That’s All Brother, the actual airplane that led the D-Day invasion, across the North Atlantic to Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary.