Gooney Bird to highlight civic meeting in OKC


The Gooney Bird, the Unsung Hero of WWII is coming to this week’s Bradley Breakfast in Oklahoma City, a gathering of local leaders of business, private organizations, county, state and federal government officials who want to be involved in issues of importance to Oklahoma.

The Tuesday morning event will feature the newly produced documentary entitled “Skytrain,” the story of a C-47 that was manufactured at the Tinker Air Force Douglas manufacturing plant during the war and actually was used on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the invasion of Europe.

Bradley Breakfast club member Gary Banz wrote and is the executive producer of the documentary about the plane that was referred to during the war as “Gooney Birds.”

The plane was highlighted by General Dwight D. Eisenhower as a key weapon that led to the Allied victory during the war. Documents show that 5,354 C-47s were produced at the Douglas plant from March 1943 until August 1945. Thirteen planes a day were built at the plant.

The meeting starts UPSTAIRS at Kamp’s, 10 NE 10th, with coffee and conversations at 7:27 a.m. and the speaker begins after prayer and introductions at approximately 7:45 a.m.   The Bradley Breakfast meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, except in November and December.