To culminate the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s Summer 2017 Jump School, the team is scheduled to host an Open Hangar Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 22 at the Frederick Army Airfield in Frederick. A graduation and wing-pinning ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Open Hangar Day will be held at the historic Frederick Army Air Field, at the Frederick Municipal Airport, southeast of Frederick. The event is free and open to the public. The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team extends a special invitation to all veterans of World War II to attend. In addition to 1940s style military parachute jump demonstrations, historic military displays and vehicles, Frederick’s Masonic Lodge #249 will be holding a barbecue cook-off and selling sandwiches and drinks. The ADT’s air-conditioned 1940s-era mess hall, full of artifacts and photographs, is available for a break from the heat.
The summer jump school session was scheduled to begin July 14, with the jump phase scheduled to begin July 19 for the students. Team members jumped throughout the entire week.
The demonstration jumps are planned for the beginning of the day, Saturday, before winds increase. Visitors need to plan to be on site by 8 a.m. The drop zone is located south of Frederick and west of the airport. Signs will be posted. Throughout the day, military displays and memorabilia will be presented by various vendors and historians. The members of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team will be dressed in WWII uniforms and attire. In addition, instructors and students from the jump school will be on hand to show off their equipment, take pictures and answer questions about the team.
For those attending who wish to take part in the airborne experience, a special membership fee will cover a ride in the team’s C-47 aircraft “Boogie Baby,” while it drops paratroopers on Saturday. Hear and feel what it’s like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops, dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment, “Stand up, hook up and go out the door!”
Please contact Laura Goodwin at 469-855-5685 for more information or directions to the airfield.