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April 14, 2005
Contact: Col. Michael Lee, Air Force ROTC, (785) 864-4676; or Jeff Weinberg, assistant to the chancellor, (785) 864-4168.

Vintage aircraft to fly over KU campus as part of Korean War Memorial dedication

LAWRENCE -- Two vintage military aircraft will fly over the University of Kansas as part of a dedication ceremony for the Korean War Memorial at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

A Korean War-era C-47 followed by an L-17 will begin the ceremony, with a flight path over KU's Memorial Stadium and the Memorial Campanile hill.

The C-47, or "Gooney Bird," as it was nicknamed, was adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner, which appeared in 1936. During the Korean War, C-47s hauled supplies, dropped paratroops, evacuated the wounded and dropped flares for night bombing attacks. The North American L-17 Navion was a four-seat, single-engine aircraft primarily used for liaison and light transport duties. Both Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. Matthew Ridgway used L-17s as their personal planes during the Korean War.

Dignitaries from three continents will be on hand for the dedication, which will take place at the memorial, located on the hill above Potter Lake on Memorial Drive, just west of the campanile.

Memorial Drive will be closed during the event. Parking will be available at Carruth-O'Leary and Joseph R. Pearson lots and along Jayhawk Boulevard. Limited parking for people with disabled-parking permits will be immediately west of the dedication site on Memorial Drive. There also will be a drop-off area for people with special needs, and those who park along Jayhawk Boulevard may take the Snow Hall elevator down to Memorial Drive.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be conducted at the same time in Budig Hall on Jayhawk Boulevard.
A complete schedule of events is at

Forty-four KU alumni, students, faculty and staff were killed in the Korean War.


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