Ramstein C-130s Get Invasion Stripes For D-Day Commemoration Subsequent 12 months

Six C-130J plane at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, obtained a particular paint job and decals just lately to indicate off over the seashores of Normandy, France, on the eightieth anniversary of D-Day subsequent June. 

Maintainers painted black-and-white stripes on the thirty seventh Airlift Squadron’s C-130s to imitate the “invasion” or “liberation” stripes sported by Allied plane throughout World Warfare II to differentiate them from enemy plane and cut back the prospect of pleasant fireplace. 

The Airmen from the 86th Upkeep Squadron additionally gave a nod to the thirty seventh’s lineage by portray a W-7 insignia on the invasion stripes—a Douglas C-47 Skytrain plane named Whiskey Seven belonging to the thirty seventh Troop Service Squadron was the primary to cross enemy traces to drop paratroopers. 

Models throughout the Air Pressure have painted invasion stripes on their plane through the years to have a good time the service’s World Warfare II roots. This 12 months alone, F-15E fighters from Seymour Johnson Air Pressure Base, N.C., and a C-17 Globemaster III from Pittsburgh Worldwide Airport Air Reserve Station, Penn., have sported the stripes. 

However solely the Ramstein C-130s, nonetheless, are scheduled to take part within the D-Day eightieth anniversary celebrations on June 6, 2024.

“We get the only real honor within the Air Pressure of making use of liberation stripes to our plane in celebration of 80 years of NATO air superiority in Europe,” Tech. Sgt. Garrett Magnie, 86th Upkeep Squadron plane structural upkeep noncommissioned officer in cost, mentioned in a press release. “The thirty seventh Troop Service Squadron, now often called the thirty seventh Airlift Squadron, flew Whiskey Seven over enemy airspace. Traditionally the thirty seventh can lay declare to be part of the Normandy liberation.”  

The thirty seventh additionally supported the seventy fifth anniversary of D-Day 5 years in the past, with a C-130 sporting invasion stripes that dropped paratroopers in France and flew alongside a heritage C-47. 

Preparations for the eightieth anniversary are underway, however particulars have but to be introduced.