Hard on the news that the National Warplane Museum C-47 Whiskey 7 will be making the trip, comes news that the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster VRA will also be flying across the Atlantic to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Whiskey 7 will leave from its base in Geneseo New York and, as it did in 1944, will drop paratroopers near St. Mere Eglise, France. Further details of their trip along with links to help fund the ambitious journey are available here.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster is one of only 2 flying in the world and this year it will cross the pond and meet up with the other to take part in a number of events. Details here.
News release from the RAF.
At this weekend’s North East Council of Air Shows annual meeting in Niagara Falls, we enjoyed a presentation by Naomi Wadsworth of the National Warplane Museum from Geneseo, New York. The museum is planning on flying their Douglas C-47 “Whiskey 7” to Normandy this year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in 1944. Naomi is one of the pilots who will be taking on this incredible journey. Whiskey 7 actually took part in D-Day by dropping paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division near St. Mere Eglise, France in the early hours of June 6th.
The museum needs to raise a LOT of money to cover this trip. To that end, they’ve set up a website – Return to Normandy where you can learn more and contribute to this historic event. One of the highlights on the site is this video.