DC-3/C-47s And Some Of The Veterans Who Flew Them Coming To
Rock Falls, IL
An historic event, billed as
“The Last Time”, has been organized to celebrate the
75th anniversary of the DC-3 type aircraft. Designed as an airliner
in 1935, the DC-3 was pressed into military service in WWII as the
C-47 and served in every theater of the war. The largest gathering
of them in any one place was at the English air fields in
preparation for the D-day invasion of Normandy. Some of these same
crew members will once again fly in these magnificent birds
gathering at Whiteside Airport (KSQI) in Rock Falls, IL.
Some of these aircraft will be carrying a precious cargo of WWII
veterans (pilots, paratroopers) and other important history-making
people; some who helped to change our world and our country, others
who are in a position to change our country now.
The airplanes are expected to arrive at the airport some time on
July 23rd, or 24th. Their departure will be near midday on Monday,
July 26th forming a fleet of aircraft over the Whiteside County
Airport. Airport officials have set the following rules for those
attending the event:
- There is NO SMOKING ALLOWED anywhere inside the perimeter
fence. Please dispose of all extinguished smoking materials in the
- Please refrain from entering the main terminal building unless
you have specific business with M & M Aviation. Unless you have
business to conduct with M & M Aviation Services, the main
terminal will be off-limits to everyone except volunteer workers
and DC-3/C-47 guests. Please understand this due to the anticipated
- All other airport buildings are off limits to the general
- Port-o-Potties are located on the north side of the main
parking lot. Hand washing stations will be provided near the
Port-o-Potties. Please use them and do not attempt to use bathroom
facilities in any airport building. The bathrooms in the buildings
will not be able to keep up with demand, so be advised they will
all be closed.
- Aircraft parking ramps will open to the general public from
0800 until 1800 on Saturday and Sunday. This means that all general
public will be asked to leave the ramp at or before 1800. Only
pilots and/or crew who have aircraft on the ramp or transient
traffic will be allowed on the ramp after 1800. All transient
traffic is encouraged to leave the airport as soon as practicable
no later than1800 on Saturday and Sunday if not staying the night.
This is to provide for greater security for the guest
- All ramps will be closed on Monday to everyone except transient
air traffic and DC-3/C-47 crews.
- Please obey all our volunteers. Volunteers have been trained to
provide for greater security and efficiency of movement on ramps
and in parking lots. Volunteers will be on the main ramp to provide
for safety by marshalling the general public while there is
aircraft movement on the ramp.
- Volunteers will also marshal transient aircraft to parking
areas on Runway 18-36. Volunteers may be identified by either
yellow or orange wristbands, orange or bright green T-shirts, or
uniformed Civil Air Patrol or Boy Scouts (BSA and CAP will be
mostly helping with auto parking).
During the weekend, there are times when aircraft will be moving
on the ramps. Because the pilots cannot see immediately in front of
the airplane, spectators are advised to stay out of the way of any
moving aircraft. Of course, no spectators will be allowed on or
near any active runway. Anyone found on or near an active runway
will be asked to leave the airport premises.
For those planning to fly in to the airport for the event,
parking will be available on Runway 18-36 which will be closed for
that purpose. Parking will be allowed north of Taxiway A. Please
listen to AWOS (119.175) and make standard non-towered radio calls
on CTAF (123.00). All arrivals will be asked to contribute a $5.00
free will parking fee to offset our expenses. No admission will be
No aircraft will be allowed to taxi west of the intersection of
Runway 18-36. Taxiways C and D will be closed to transient traffic.
100LL Fuel will be available via a truck. Please call M & M
Aviation on 123.00 for fuel service. Aircraft needing jet fuel, if
possible, are asked to please call in advance.
The ramp will close at 1800. Please be sure to leave the airport
as soon as practicable after 1800. Transient aircraft wishing to
remain longer must report in to M & M Aviation in the Main
Terminal and will be asked to provide tail number, contact phone,
and overnight accommodation site. Normal overnight parking fees
will be in effect.
The airport will be closed to all inbound traffic and outbound
traffic except DC-3/C-47s on Monday, July 26th from 1000 until 1500
CDT (1500Z to 2000Z), but those times are subject to change.