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About Our Foundation.

The Tunison Foundation was formed in 2017 by James Lyle and Eric Zipkin to preserve aircraft in tribute to the history of World War II. When it came time to name the Foundation, the team thought of Ed Tunison, the wartime radio operator aboard our flagship aircraft, the C-47 Placid Lassie, who was the last remaining member of Lassie's wartime crew.

Though Ed passed in 2016, he was able to rejoin Placid Lassie in Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion in 2014. We returned to Europe as the lead aircraft of the D-Day Squadron in 2019, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary, and returned in 2024 on the Squadron's Legacy Tour for the 80th.

Since 2022, our aircraft have been based in Wappingers Falls, NY, where we continue to pursue the preservation and operation of Placid Lassie, the restoration of our PBY Catalina, and other projects as resources allow. We're fortunate to count more than 150 volunteers that work to keep our historic airplanes flying.

Board of Directors

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