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WWII Warbird Whiskey 7 needs a new engine.

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WWII Warbird Whiskey 7 needs a new engine.
Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:51 AM

Hello everyone!  This past weekend while doing some routine maintenance on Whiskey 7 I disovered some metal fragments in her #2 engine.  We aren't entirely sure what has failed, but it doesn't really matter, either the way the engine has to be replaced.

It has been a rough season for the museum due to Covid-19, shows were cancelled, and we weren't able to start doing ride flights (our main source of revenue) until just recently. 

Whiskey 7 had to have her #1 engine replaced last year, and by the time that was said and done it totaled roughly $80,000. 

A fundraiser has been started on Facebook for the #2 engine replacement.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated by myself and the museum.  I will be there every Saturday along with several other volunteers pulling the engine.  Even if you can't donate if you could please share the post I would greatly appreciate that!  Thank you so much!  Link for the fundraiser:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/786571728787720/

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, September 28, 2020 12:52 PM

Keyda81,

As a side note, a bunch of us do not use Facebook (and never will), so giving up a bit more info on the project and the museum, might help in your funds drive.

From other posts, I know that Whiskey 7 is a C-47, but I for one, don't know where you folks are located or any other organizational / contact information.

People tend to give more easily when they know the intended recipient.

Good Luck

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, September 28, 2020 1:52 PM

HooYah Deep Sea

Keyda81,

As a side note, a bunch of us do not use Facebook (and never will), so giving up a bit more info on the project and the museum, might help in your funds drive.

From other posts, I know that Whiskey 7 is a C-47, but I for one, don't know where you folks are located or any other organizational / contact information.

People tend to give more easily when they know the intended recipient.

Good Luck

 

Thanks for the tip!  First time trying to gear up a fundraiser. 

National Warplane Museum is located in Geneseo NY.  We are a non profit organization made up of primarily volunteers and are dedicated to the preservation of war time history.  We have many aircraft in our collection, but our flagship aircraft is a 1943 Douglas C-47 Skytrain dubbed "Whiskey 7"  She was the lead plane on the second wave of D-Day and dropped paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne division over St. Mere Eglise, in Normandy.   We fly here around to various air shows and events, and offer ride flights, to help keep the history alive, and teach younger generations about the sacrifices men and women made. 

More information can be found on the museums website, as well as donations.  Every bit of any donation will go directly to replacing Whiskey 7's #2 engine.  Thank you all again! 

https://nationalwarplanemuseum.com/

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, September 28, 2020 6:23 PM

I passed on the info to a local aircraft collection .  .  . Hopefully they will get together and some good will come of it. Again, good luck on the funds drive.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, September 28, 2020 7:19 PM

You may want to try contacting the local chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. More than likely they have a paratrooper or two among their roles who would be interested in helping to raise funds for a piece of airborne history like Whiskey 7. And they can also spread the word to the national organizations.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:58 PM

I feel your pain, Christine. Maybe it's time for the old girl to curl up and rest. Next it'll be #1, then a wing spar.

The C-47 will be 80 years old next year. 

Used to see these things all over the place in South America when I was down there, but they are all gone now except a very few.

I flew on one with trooper benches in Hawaii, back in1959 but that story has been repeated too many times.

God loves the "Aircraft that changed the world".

 

Bill

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:26 AM

HooYah Deep Sea

I passed on the info to a local aircraft collection .  .  . Hopefully they will get together and some good will come of it. Again, good luck on the funds drive.

 

 

Thank you very much, I appreciate it! 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:27 AM

stikpusher

You may want to try contacting the local chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. More than likely they have a paratrooper or two among their roles who would be interested in helping to raise funds for a piece of airborne history like Whiskey 7. And they can also spread the word to the national organizations.

 

I will look into that!  Thank you very much for the suggestion!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:31 AM

GMorrison

I feel your pain, Christine. Maybe it's time for the old girl to curl up and rest. Next it'll be #1, then a wing spar.

The C-47 will be 80 years old next year. 

Used to see these things all over the place in South America when I was down there, but they are all gone now except a very few.

I flew on one with trooper benches in Hawaii, back in1959 but that story has been repeated too many times.

God loves the "Aircraft that changed the world".

 

Bill

 

#1 was just replaced last year.  It failed during an event in Ohio in August of 2019.  It took two months for us to get her home.  Several weekends in the hangar working cleaning and inspecting the prop, oil tank, lines, cooler, and transferring all the accesories from the old engine to the new one.  A crew went down removed the old engine, brought it back for us to do all the work, then hauled the new engine down, put it on the plane and flew her home in October of 2019. 

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