The Douglas C-47 “Hairless Joe” cargo plane will visit the Erie-Ottawa International Airport and Liberty Aviation Museum on Saturday, Sept. 5, offering self-guided tours and Air Adventure rides. The estimated time of arrival is 10 a.m. The C-47 will be stationed at Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Rd., Port Clinton.
The C-47 “Hairless Joe” owned and operated by the Yankee Air Museum was formerly known as “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Based at historic Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., this plane pays homage to the heroic crews operating in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater of World War Two and especially the 1st Air Commando Group.
Among the most prolific operations, the 1st Air Commando Group performed flying missions over the Himalayas, commonly called “The Hump.” The Burma Road was the major route into China.
When the Japanese cut off the road as a supply line, the only way to get the vital supplies into China was over The Hump. The Air Commandos began their operations with 13 C-47’s and 100 CG-4A Waco Gliders for transport operations. The venerable C-47 Skytrain stood out as the workhorse of the CBI.
An Air Adventure ride is a 30-minute experience and costs $195. To order a C-47 Air Adventure Ride visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org and click on “Fly With Us.”
C-47 flights will give riders an exciting sightseeing experience over some of Port Clinton’s most interesting and familiar areas. Seats are currently available at Noon. Additional flight times may be added as customer demand warrants. The airplane will be in Port Clinton through 3 p.m., weather permitting.