Weather threatens D-Day 70 parachute jump

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PLANES have taken off from Lee-on-the-Solent to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Eight Dakotas took off from the Daedalus airfield as part of a recreation of the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Military enthusiasts were planning to parachute into France as part of the D-Day 70 commemorations

Military enthusiasts were planning to parachute into France as part of the D-Day 70 commemorations

On board the planes were around 100 parachutists from the UK, Europe, USA and beyond who were due to use round canopy parachutes to drop into the opening ceremony at Carentan in Normandy.

However, it was unclear whether they would be able to parachute due to the weather conditions.

The planes took off from Lee-on-the-Solent and flew over Portsmouth, before heading out to Cherbourg.

Bob Wealthy, secretary of the Gosport Aviation Society, said: ‘It was like a dream. It’s incredible that this has happened and that there is so much support.’

 

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