A World War II aircraft will make a stop at the Modesto Airport for locals to get an up-close look at history.
The Commemorative Air Force Central California Valley Squadron will host the C-47A Skytrain troop transport named “That’s All, Brother” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19-21 at the Modesto Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1-S, in Modesto.
“That’s All, Brother” led the Allies’ main airborne invasion over Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Visitors will be able to tour and fly on the historic aircraft.
The aircraft was named “That’s All, Brother” by the aircrew, who felt it was a fitting message to Adolf Hitler. Following D-Day, “That’s All, Brother” served in Operation Dragoon, Operation Market Garden, the Relief of Bastogne, and Operation Varsity. After the War, the aircraft was sold as surplus, and its contribution to history was almost forgotten.
In 2015, the Commemorative Air Force rescued the aircraft from a boneyard, completed a lengthy restoration to get it flying, and returned it to its World War II configuration. In June 2019, the aircraft returned to England and France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day (flying over Omaha Beach on June 6, 2019). The aircraft plans to return to Europe for the 80th anniversary of D-Day commemorations in June 2024.
Visit www.thatsallbrother.org for more information about the aircraft.