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The DC-3 was the most produced American World War II transport aircraft with more than 11,000 built. It is an important aircraft in the CAF fleet, but this actual World War II Combat Veteran C-53 version of the DC-3 is in danger of continuing to remain airworthy. Her name is D-Day Doll. She survived missions during the D-Day invasion “Operation Overlord” and Operation “Market Garden”. But 75 years of elements have taken a toll deep beneath her skin in the form of corrosion. Earlier this year after a scheduled maintenance inspection, the Doll was found to have corrosion issues that, left unchecked could jeopardize her airworthiness. With less than 10 C-53’s airworthy and flying today worldwide, the D-Day Doll and her C-47 “Brother” are iconic World War II aircraft, surrounded by a wealth of compelling stories. Retaining this C-53 to air worthiness is a priority for the CAF. Once a survey of the corrosion is completed on the Doll, a decision will be made on the best course of action for keeping her in front of the public, continuing to tell the story of the brave young men that jumped out of her into harm’s way during World War II. Help us jump-start the process of keeping our D-Day Doll C-53 in the air! Click Here to support this airplane and make sure to forward this email to your friends!