A FLEET of historic arrivals landed at Prestwick Airport last week to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Thousands gathered to view the rare collection of vintage C47 aircraft used in the invasion of France during the road to victory in World War 2. The iconic war planes made the stop off in Prestwick as part of a special trip to France to recreate the journey made to drop paratroopers on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

An eager crowd of around 2,000 came to view the spectacle, with eight of the aircraft in place for members of the public to view and climb on board. Some were decorated in wartime D-Day battle stripes.

The visit was a fitting tribute to the Airport, which was used to support thousands of military aircraft head to and from Europe during war time.

Kris Baillie, Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s Business Development Manager said: “The history behind these magnificent aircraft and the journey they took during WW2 is incredible.”