WNY War Bird Lands In Europe

RAMSTEIN, GERMANY – An historic, World War II aircraft, which departed from Geneseo earlier this month, reached the European Continent Monday morning.

Whiskey 7, a C-47 troop transport that flew on D-Day, and is owned by the National War Plane Museum, completed the second to last leg of its journey as part of a return to Normandy, where it will participate in commemorative events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe on June 6th.

Currently at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the plane will depart for Cherbourg, France on Sunday.

As part of those ceremonies, the Liberty Jump Team will board Whiskey 7 and re-create a paratroop drop over the French countryside.

Since taking off from a grass field at the warplane museum in Livingston County on May 15, Whiskey 7 has visited Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and the United Kingdom in her journey.

The museum spent more than two years and $250,000making the plane ready for her trip, after being invited by the French government to participate in D-day ceremonies.

Much of the fundraising effort was to equip the plane with the modern navigational instruments required for a trans-Atlantic crossing.

Supporters of the trip have been able to track the legs of Whiskey 7's journey, as well as see pictures and video via the Return to Normandy twitter page.

"We stared out as kind of a lark, thinking this was going to be fun to go over there and drop paratroopers," said museum founder and President Austin Wadsworth. "It's turned into something much more significant and much more meaningful for us. We're doing this to honor veterans, both the ones who are still alive and the ones who aren't, and we figure it's a great privilege."


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