A World War II airplane restored by an aviation history group in western New York arrived in Germany – ahead of its scheduled flight during next week’s D-Day commemoration events. National Warplane Museum is honoring the members of the Greatest Generation who served their country during the Second World War by returning its flagship Douglas C-47 to the most storied place in her 70-year history; the skies over Normandy.
The Douglas C-47 transport plane known as Whiskey 7 departed May 15 from the airfield at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, N.Y.
The five-person crew made the cross-Atlantic journey in just under 24 hours of flight time, landing in Prestwick, Scotland May 20 after stopovers in Maine, the Canadian Maritimes, Greenland and Iceland.
After a few days in Britain, Whiskey 7 flew to Germany and is now at Ramstein Air Base. The plane leaves Sunday, June 1, for Cherbourg, France, where it will take part in Friday’s 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy.
The aircraft, affectionately known by her distinctive squadron marking, Whiskey 7, was the lead ship of the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron, dropping elements of the 82nd Airborne Division near St. Mere Eglise, France in the early hours of June 6th, 1944. Whiskey 7 will participate in the 70th anniversary commemorations by dropping members of the Liberty Jump Team over the original D-Day drop zones.
Learn more about the project at http://www.rtn2014.org/