AN enormous military plane could provide the spectacular centrepiece to the commemoration of one of the most famous days in military history.
Organisers of the celebrations in Wigan to remember D-Day are hoping a Royal Air Force Globemaster supply plane will swoop down out of the skies for a fly past above the town centre next month.
The colossal plane, which has a wing span of more than 50 metres, will arrive above Wigan from the south before sweeping across the town centre and veering away from the borough near the hospital, if everything goes according to plan.
However, organiser John Magee said it will be impossible to say whether the fly past will actually take place until the very last moment.
John, the chairman of the Wigan branch of the National Service Royal Air Force Association, said: “The Globemaster is used on runs to Afghanistan, so if anything happens over there it won’t be able to do the training run.
“The RAF also need to speak to Manchester Airport about how low the plane will be able to fly, and if there’s low cloud on the day it won’t happen either.
“If everything goes well it will be a spectacular sight. People will definitely know when it is here.”
Combat duties and weather permitting, the Globemaster fly past will provide a dramatic addition to the programme of events remembering the day 69 years ago when Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight against Nazi Germany.
The day will include a static display of a Spitfire aircraft in Market Place and an engine from a World War Two plane, with several thunderous demonstrations as the engine’s power is unleashed.
The Royal British Legion will open the event marching behind a pipe and drum band at 11am, and there will also be military memorabilia and a quad bike towing a large 50lb can. John, from Hindley, says he hopes as many Wiganers as possible will come to the town centre to mark the crucial day in British history.
John said: “We are allowed to do what we do today because we weren’t beaten in the war. When we attacked we actually released Europe and the threat to the whole world. Most of the world was involved.”
The D-Day anniversary celebrations in Wigan town centre will take place on June 6, from around 11am until 4pm.