Updated: 04/11/2014 10:26 AM
Created: 04/10/2014 4:41 PM WHEC.com
By: Scott Kilbury
There's plenty of history behind the C-47 war plane, affectionately called Whiskey 7. She rolled off the assembly line in 1943 and went straight to work flying to Trinidad, Italy and England and her most famous mission -- dropping paratroopers over Normandy, France on D-Day in 1944.
After two years of planning, the mission is just weeks away and a crew of five pilots will be making the trip. John Lindsay is a veteran who flew in Vietnam with the 101st Air Borne. His son is currently in the 82nd Airborne and will be one of the liberty jumpers parachuting out of the plane.
Whiskey 7 will follow the same route system used to ferry allied aircraft across the Atlantic in World War II making eight stops, each leg is 750 nautical miles
Commercial pilot Chris Polhemus said, “What this mission does, puts the United States on the world stage. It shows to the world what we did in the 40s. We not only saved Europe from the tyranny and oppression but the entire world is a different place for what the U.S. did for the world.”
Whiskey 7 departs for Normandy, France on May 15. The crew is still looking for donations to help fund the trip that will cost at least $1,000 per mile.