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C47 military DC3 flown by 95 year old veteran


Are you ready?
Ready. here we go,
I’ll help you with the throttles I’ll put my hand there. Yeah, put your hands up,
and you can push them on up a little bit Come on up with them… Keep coming. I’ll tell you when to quit. …bottom of the pedals on your feet,
there you go Push… there you go… push it on up…
looking good… 38 inches … 40 inches
power looks good 75 knots…and you’re good to rotate… looking good Okay, we got… we’re climbing good so I’m
going to get the gear. Gear up. Gear is coming up So I’d read Don King’s diary.
He said this airplane looked like a sieve and had four holes big enough to put your head through.
What do you remember about this airplane and Don’s story? I remember about the one that came in under the radio operator’s seat and lodged in Don’s parachute and burned it so he didn’t have a parachute to jump out.
Okay. The other thing I remember – We both felt nobody but
us made it through It was that bad? You felt like you were the only ones? That’s amazing! We had eight separate bullet penetrations and each engine had one and didn’t bother the engines And we we stayed at 500 feet they went down to the deck and I think we were better off. They were doing more shooting at the low ones than they were at us You were prepping for the D-day invasion… How much…you as a 21-22 year-old kid You didn’t get your orders real far in
advance How much did you all know about what was the what was coming? Did you know did you have a pretty good inkling of you guys were going to
invade France? We were briefed on the mission A day ahead of time. Well, the big thing they
stressed was timing because of the volume of aircraft flying into the areas trying to avoid mid air collisions …did a pretty good job on that. Is there any radio communication or is it silent? We always had complete radio silence …complete silence? So you didn’t know really if anybody
else got hit unless you saw them in front of you did you? Well, I did see the McClintock go
down and only three ‘chutes But they all four survived and were
taken prisoners. They were about 25 miles short of the drop area okay when they got shot down and it was on fire when it went down so it must’ve had a fuel tank hit. So when you launched for that mission, how many aircraft in your squadron did you launch together in that formation? Each squadron had 18 airplanes Four squadrons, so we had 72 airplanes So you got a lot of airplanes up pretty quick? Yeah, in 4 minutes and… 4 minutes, you launched on 72 aircraft? 4 minutes, 22 … 26 seconds was our record. Well I tell you what,
I sure have enjoyed talking to you and this old bird’s flying good isn’t it? Yeah, it’s really nice and smooth. Yeah it’s up here on top of these
clouds, it is absolutely just beautiful Well how about let’s go see if we can
land this puppy? All right. That sound like a plan? Okay the runway is right through there We’re a good little ways out, but I’m going to go ahead and
get your gear down, how about it? okay Gear’s coming down boost pumps coming off and mixtures going to auto-rich Good job… yep that’s the runway. That it way down there? Yep you can start your turn to final…
looking good You need a little bit of
trim? Or you doing okay? Doing ok. I’m going to give you flaps: one-quarter. Okay Probably should take a half when we get a little closer… You want a half now? No Okay
You just call them, I’ll give them to you It’s amazing how little you’ve forgotten.

Tony wyaad

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100 COMMENTS

  1. its_topguN Posted on November 1, 2018 at 8:04 am

    That is one beautiful plane

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  2. Mr. Aviation Posted on November 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Such a great aircraft! This aircraft is one of the best in WW2 For carrying soldier's!

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  3. Ron G. Posted on November 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    What the Volk Beetle on the street, is the "Dakota" in the air. Chapeau Mr. Gerald Parker! (R.I.P)

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  4. paintballmonkey666 Posted on November 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    This was great, awesome shots of the plane!

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  5. Billy Rock Posted on November 1, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Great video! Outstanding photography as well. Thanks to the good flyboy folks from Texas for a wonderful tribute! 🇺🇸

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  6. luis hernan Posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Awsome !! Looks like they hit a bird there though. Wish I could see one of these up close one day.

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  7. sean winn Posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you for this. As a producer of short documentaries for veterans (and many WWII – www.patriotfeatures.org), it warms my heart to see him back in the cockpit. God bless him, you, and your team.

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  8. Sensei W Posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    This video should go viral! It's just amazing! Thank you for your service mister Parker (don't know your rank)

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  9. NG B Posted on November 2, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Awesome!!! How wonderful for this man to fly again!!! He landed that plane so smoothly!!! Excellent, just excellent. Side note: loved the music! Just read that Mr. Parker passed away. Now my eyes are sweating!!!!!

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  10. Theressa Bagnall Posted on November 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    must bring back memeorys

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  11. brettanderson Posted on November 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    rest in peace

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  12. GeoSciful Posted on November 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Nice touch down, correcting for wind shear. Impressive.

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  13. Александр Гридневский Posted on November 4, 2018 at 5:12 am

    дед красавчик не потерял навыки , grandfather handsome not lost skills

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  14. A R Posted on November 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Really becomes second nature when its life or death for you and everyone in the plane with you.
    The last generation of people that actually stood for something.

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  15. Mauritanian KID Posted on November 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    You won’t believe this , our army still use it for Watching

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  16. Mike Youngblood Posted on November 4, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    MAGNIFICENT< Thanks to Men like these we don't have to speak German.Rest in Peace fellow Warrior. <3

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  17. A -10 Thunderbolt Posted on November 5, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Geez the plane is as old as him but he never forgets the times he spent with his dear plane.
    Also this is the first time I liked olden day music probably because of the plane and all.
    I hope this veteran gets buried with his plane that would be amazing.

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  18. Dyn Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    00:00 song pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

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  19. Gaming 4 Life Posted on November 6, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Is that window open or is it just me

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  20. PhantomMatrix Posted on November 6, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Why is there blood splatter on the windshield? 1:40

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  21. Marie BCFHS Posted on November 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    where are the miniguns?

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  22. Thomas Beck Posted on November 7, 2018 at 4:29 am

    A very big salute to the memory of this ww2 hero and all vets my dad was a military police officer in Germany in ww2 I miss him dearly this was the generation that could and they will be forever missed by the ones that knew them

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  23. Lorenzo Catalano Posted on November 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    May you rest in peace Mr. Parker. I truly admire your service and your wonderful spirit that brought you to that age without being old…with respect and emotion. May God bless you!

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  24. L30 Posted on November 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    YOU'VE GOT A WING IN YOUR RIGHT HOLE!

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  25. Alan Magalhães Posted on November 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Alguém conseguiu descurtir isto?

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  26. dodgeplow Posted on November 28, 2018 at 3:34 am

    He died within a few days of this flight, October 18, 2017. Amazing how sharp he was up until then. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/sun-city-az/gerald-parker-7609694

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  27. Andrew Armstrong Posted on November 29, 2018 at 12:43 am

    At least he got to saddle up one last time.

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  28. MaxCruise73 Posted on December 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Great video. Beautifully restored old warbird. And a wonderful pilot in the left seat.

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  29. Michael Turcott Posted on December 27, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Godspeed Mr. Parker.

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  30. Philip Accaria Posted on December 28, 2018 at 1:31 am

    This is righteous, him flying this craft.

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  31. Leonardo Yepes Posted on December 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    An old glory flown by another old glory.

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  32. Rick mallow Posted on December 31, 2018 at 2:46 am

    MARAVILHA!!!!!! O DEUS……PONHA ESSE GIGANTE AMERICANO AOS CÉUS POIS É UM DOS MELHORES ATÉ HOJE PONHÃO O LINDO E FAMOSO DOUGLAS DC-3 DE VOLTA AOS CEUS

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  33. Manny Fernandez Posted on January 5, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Wow! This is epic, Chopperguy! A veteran pilot, a D-Day designated C-47, incredible insights, and just a wonderful flight. God bless America and God bless our men and women in uniform!

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  34. Charlie Harper Posted on January 7, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for this great video. Awesome to the end until someone started slicing onions over here when we heard of his passing. 🙁
    For those of us interested in these old D Day DC 3 Gooney Birds, one of the original 108 planes that flew on that historic day is now being brought back to life with plans to have her air worthy for this years 75th anniversary. Watch Mickey McBryan and team bring back this battered bird here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5clU9Z-z4c&t=13s

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  35. Sally Hillal Posted on January 15, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Bad ass WW II vets !

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  36. Kota Posted on January 17, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Footage is so good it looks fake, 10/10

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  37. Michael Schwager Posted on January 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    A beautiful C-47. RIP Mr. Parker.

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  38. Ripper Posted on January 24, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    What an exceptional interview and the production of this video is sublime! YouTube at it's best! Thank you Chopperguy!

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  39. Francis FABIN Posted on January 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    il y a du chauffage? ils sont en chemise.

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  40. David Giles Posted on January 30, 2019 at 4:54 am

    This is so cool.

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  41. Mark Warren Posted on February 7, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Very good job!…Rest in peace!

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  42. Trey G Posted on February 8, 2019 at 2:52 am

    My favorite video so far he actually let him sit left seat and fly for real. All the other ones I watched only flew dlin the air and could only do certain things

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  43. Andy Opy Posted on February 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    This was a young boy turned into a man,through honor,patratism ,duty to This Great Country.
    He and his comrades,brothers in arms made this country free and Great.
    I guarantee you he felt the airplane in his hands as he did back then.
    A machine in experienced hands never compleatly fades. Maybe a little at first,but it’s back right away.
    I am in awe of all veterans,I honor them and always thank them for their service.

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  44. Bob Adams Posted on February 18, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    God rest his soul!

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  45. robdog15001 Posted on February 23, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Just awesome..!

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  46. Sandra Lough Posted on February 26, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    What a treat to watch a C47 pilot and imagine my dad, a member of the 81st, fly this aircraft. It was the love of his life and he is included in the book Greenlight, the story of his squadron written by one of its radio operators. I reviewed the book for my 126 year in existence book review club.
    He and his buddies met every year to tell their stories. Naturally, those paratroop pilots hold a special place in my heart.

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  47. Todd Uglow Posted on March 3, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    What a great video. Now that gentleman is a TRUE hero…God Bless him.

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  48. Alex Hester Posted on March 5, 2019 at 1:00 am

    "And when he goes to Heaven, to St. Peter he will tell. Another soldier reporting, I have served my time in Hell"

    – Anonymous Author

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  49. pizzapower95 Posted on March 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    he died before the video got uploaded 🙁

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  50. Walter Reil Posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I just LOVE this spectacular video. My father piloted B-24 bombers during WWII over Germany, being shot down 3 times and unbelievably lived to become a communications specialist at Naha AFB in Okinawa eventually base commander of the Mt. Hebo Radar Station on the Oregon coast, retiring as a Colonel in the USAF. He spoke very little of his WWII flying experience, until the loss of my mother, when he then opened up for 6 hours (recorded) of his war flying stories, from bomber training out of Boise, Idaho, to flying over his parents at home in Connecticut on his way to Europe, flying gasoline to Africa (having no weapons) to supply Patton's tanks (which made him mad as Hell), his survival behind enemy lines two times in the Swiss Alps and finally being offered a brand new B-24 to purchase for $250 when WWII was over. This video is absolutely stunning in quality. Thank you so much for sharing this rare insight into the ending of an era in U.S. history, an era during which every American cared deeply about our nation, which is a far cry from the discontent and deceit in our nation today given a totally dysfunctional and selfish federal government that isn't worth a damned, starting at the very top in the oval office with our nation's "Poster child of the Ugly American". Our nation is now battling a devastating disease of federal neglect for its country. This video helps me remember our wonderful Greatest Generation. Thank you so much for creating this gem. A wonderful hero of a pilot and a beautiful aircraft.

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  51. pbrbob Posted on March 24, 2019 at 10:41 am

    To the Aviators and all other personnel that made this flight (and any like it) possible; I stand tall and salute you. What you did for this Great American Treasure (Our Veterans) and the incredible memories you gave him, no words can truly describe. Your professionalism, dedication and compassion you had shown toward Mr. Parker was on full display for all to see. Outstanding gentleman, Outstanding! The smile that radiated from his face throughout the filming of this video said it all. I'll bet it's safe to say, it probably never really left him and remained there for the rest of his days (may he rest in peace). Wow, what a gift! Thank you Mr. Glover for your roll in the making of this video and Thank you Mid America Flight Museum for keeping this old War Bird flight worthy (She looks fantastic). I hope that one day I'll be as lucky as Mr. Parker was; to be able to climb in, sit down, strap in, scan the panel, light her up, close her up, seal the bowl and soar. Oh, to relive the lives of our youth. To experience again the days of futures past. There is absolutely no other feeling like it, PERIOD!

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  52. Ricardo Disaronno Posted on March 26, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I salute you, Sir.

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  53. Zues Toots Posted on March 31, 2019 at 5:40 am

    fly that plane better than most alive, he can

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  54. Dustoff85 Posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Photography was awesome. What a thrill that had to me for this old timer to fly. If I make it to 95 I would love to fly a Blackhawk again. I was a Senior Warrant Officer with over 6000 hours. Too dangerous for me now. Too many moving parts. My father-in-law passed away on February 10th, 2019. He flew B-17's in WWII. He graduated from Flight school so he missed the European Theater, his mission was ferrying B-17's from East Coast to Tucson Az and then flying P-51's back east somewhere.

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  55. wa7qzr Posted on April 11, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Wonderful video. I can't imagine how he felt flying the same aircraft he flew on D-Day. He's an inspiration. Maybe 62+ isn't too old to learn to fly one of those. Guess I'll add that to my little bucket list.

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  56. Larry Carmody CMD Posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Thats great, you let that old WWII Pilot fly the DC3. I'm 80 & would love to fly a C46 again, I flew them all over North America, the Caribbean, South & Central America, back in the day.

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  57. Mike Terry Posted on April 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    The greatest generation, Thanks to all of you we have this wonderful country to raise our families in…. nice landing

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  58. Dwight Arnold Posted on April 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Did you gu.

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  59. echelle envolant Posted on April 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    The perfect melody to a real sentimental flight, Mr. Douglas made one heck of a fine aircraft.

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  60. Nancy Dachouff Posted on April 22, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Chapeau bas monsieur….Bah le pilotage, c'est comme le vélo, ça s'oublie pas

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  61. Hofsan1 Posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I love it!! I am only 58 years old, but deep down I have always felt like I lived during the WWII period in my prior life. The DC3 is the ONLY plane I would feel safe flying in. Thank you MAFM for taking Mr. Parker up. That's fellow Texan's for ya' 🙂
    I'm sure he loved it. Check out Mid America Flight Museum at http://www.historicalairtours.com/index.html.

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  62. AugustMeteors Posted on May 2, 2019 at 1:27 am

    What a beautiful video! Thank you! And thank you, veterans of all generations, for the service you have given and the sacrifices you have made.

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  63. johnny lee Posted on May 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    我也有試過 C-47 !( 只不過是在地上的修護坪裡 !)

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  64. johnny lee Posted on May 4, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    當時 我也不過是 8、9 歲。

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  65. Alynn Hiscox Posted on May 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    That's one of the most beautiful films I've seen in a long, long time.

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  66. Randy Posted on May 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    C47 has D-Day stripes on it. So cool.

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  67. David Baker Posted on May 10, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Wow! That tugs at the heart strings! RIP Gerald Parker… brave to the end!

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  68. Deadstick Posted on May 15, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Absolutely fantastic footage, the best that I have seen of the DC-3, and practically any airplane, while in flight.

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  69. Bill Otto Posted on May 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    God bless you for letting him fly that again.

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  70. Michael Strange Posted on May 31, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Absolutely outstanding! Credit to all involved and RIP Sir. Thanks for your service.

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  71. Daniel Britton Posted on June 5, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Sentimental journey is the perfect song to accompany this wonderful flight.

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  72. woodytfc Posted on June 5, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    simply beautiful thank you

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  73. Graham Ball Posted on June 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    What a Great story seeing one of yesteryears pilots take off and fly that C47 ,it was just like yesterday to him and made a good landing . Thank you for service .

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  74. david large Posted on June 6, 2019 at 4:50 am

    A great gift to an old veteran shame he recently died but he will take these memories up and on a C47 to heaven .

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  75. Armafly Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Great video. He is one of those heroes who silently fought for our freedom, a privilege that we, too often, give for granted. Thank you.

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  76. Brian Cooper Posted on June 8, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Cool video. Thank you for your service sir!

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  77. Michael Braun Posted on June 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    god bless those men that have been not more than boys back than… 
    traveling around the globe, sacrifying their youth, their beloved ones, their lives 
    to free us europeans and the world from the tyranny of that war. 

    May you men have a very special place in heaven – you truly deserve it! thank you

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  78. PAINTHOUSE TV Posted on June 13, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Outstanding. Or, Outflying…Well done and God speed, Mr. Parker.

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  79. Josef K. Posted on June 17, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Chapeau Chapeau Chapeau ………… so I could have 28 years more in air! I hope!!!!

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  80. Gerald Haller Posted on June 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    My name Gerald i' am from Germany , i'm 45 and kann not Flying …. Thanks vor this Video

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  81. MrBugsier5 Posted on June 26, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Sad to here mr Parker died a few weeks later…..He never forget how to fly it! R.I.P.

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  82. Dumitru Langham Posted on June 29, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    😍👍👊👊👊 I

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  83. topturretgunner Posted on July 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    It all came back to him so quickly that he seemed as if he had only been away a short time. God bless you sir.

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  84. Route 66 Texas Posted on July 6, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Veteran and and old friend back together. … great video thanks for sharing. ..

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  85. Kubik Ondrej Posted on July 11, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, what a smooth landing of the great-skilled WW2 veteran! Thank you for your service!

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  86. William Sturgell Posted on July 13, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Blue skies forever Mr. Parker.

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  87. Pushin' Daisy Posted on July 15, 2019 at 9:20 am

    camera and its pan is so smooth that I almost believed that this was all CG, Flight Simulator X or some sort

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  88. Andrew Donohue Posted on July 17, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    he must have kept up on his flying after the war was over…… he still knew how to do it, after all of those years.

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  89. Sydney Dudikoff Posted on July 22, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Amazing Sentimental Journey (song so adequate).

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  90. John Fife Posted on July 23, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Good work, man, for remembering the vets. * hat tip *

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  91. Adam Kelloway Posted on July 25, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Beautiful takeoff and Landing Full Respect

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  92. Katie Kuratle Posted on July 26, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Just like riding a bike to that man! Much respect to you sir! Thank you for your service

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  93. geologist1970 Posted on August 7, 2019 at 6:32 am

    5:55 Mr. Parker's smile speaks a thousand words

    RIP Mr. Gerald Parker … God bless you

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  94. Fernando Molano Posted on August 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    E- PEC-TA-CULAR Video..Great pilot and great and beautifull machine..!

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  95. Warren Blum Posted on August 20, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    god bless him

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  96. Andrew England Posted on September 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    My grandfather flew in a c47 in wwll. He just passed away at 100 years old. His name was Arthur England. Sgt. 6th engine overhaul squadron I believe.

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  97. HarlockGlitch Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    The guy​ sitting on his side was trying to help and guide him but you can tell it was second nature for him.

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  98. Matt's Aviation Channel Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Absolutely great to see this sir flying the gorgeous DC-3!

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