Nik Coleman Television and Commemorative Air Force Announce D-Day C-47 That’s All, Brother Documentary Film.
The USA affiliate of Nik Coleman Television (NCTV) and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) are collaborating to produce a feature-length, historical documentary that will chronicle the discovery, history and restoration of D-day C-47 That’s All, Brother. That’s All, Brother was the airplane that led the massive aerial invasion on Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, also known as D-day.
Several hundred aircraft flew in advance of soldiers storming the shores of Normandy. That’s All, Brother was the lead aircraft of the massed formation that dropped more than 13,000 Allied paratroopers in occupied France. Following the D-day mission, the aircraft continued military service through the War, after being released from the military it was sold for civilian use and changed hands several times. It’s historical significance was unknown, even by those who owned the aircraft. Decades later, the airplane was sitting in an aircraft bone yard, slated to be scrapped for parts.
It was a chance discovery by a military historian researching D-day aircraft who recognized the identity of the airplane, and just in time. Once the airplane’s origin was confirmed, the Commemorative Air Force, the world’s largest flying museum, acquired the aircraft and quickly set to work restoring it back to it’s original D-day configuration. CAF President Stephan C. Brown said “Once the identity of the aircraft was known, there was no better organization to rescue it and return it to the sky. For 60 years the CAF has restored, flown and exhibited World War II aircraft, to honor the legacy and educate the public of the significant role these aircraft played in our freedom.”
The documentary about the C-47 That’s All, Brother will cover the aircraft’s role in history and well as recognize the people connected to this aircraft from World War II to present day. The NCTV team, which began filming in 2016, will follow the recovery of this aircraft, its restoration to airworthy status, and finally its triumphant return to the shores of Normandy in 2019 to honor the 75th anniversary of D-day.
Nik Coleman, CEO of NCTV, was working with the CAF on filming “Plane Resurrection” his popular Netflix series, when he came up with the idea of documenting the entire restoration of That’s All, Brother. “Working with the CAF has been fascinating; their collection of aircraft and the volunteers who work to restore them are inspirational and really give a sense of the dedication that goes into preserving these important artifacts.”
Excerpts of the film will be pre-screened at MiPTV in Cannes, France on April 3-6, 2017. The producers plan to release the film in 2019. Looking Glass International will handle international sales for this film.
Nik Coleman Television USA LLC is the American operating affiliate of Nik Coleman Television based in Norfolk, England. Nik Coleman founder and CEO has an extensive portfolio of projects ranging from corporate video presentations to film features. Season one of the “Plane Resurrection” series, which documents restoration projects of various military aircraft, is available on Netflix now. For more information about NCTV visit www.NikColeman.com.
About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying military aircraft museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. Fulfilling its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition- take the airplanes to the people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.
The CAF is a non-profit educational association with more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 vintage military aircraft distributed throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.