Could not have had a nicer day at the airport. We finally got good weather, the ground was dry enough, and the work was done to where we could pull the C47 out for her first engine runs. Props checked at 1700 RPM, Feather check at same, then 30" MP and 2300 RPM for the mag check, first left, then right. All was well so we taxied out to the end of runway 5 and did a run up to 37" MP while rolling down the runway.
April 7th, 2014...
COLD WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING!
The crew spent the weekend in cold water survival class donated by Ed Carlson at www.flythepond.com. Pictured here is John Lindsay in the cold water survival suit. Thanks Ed!
April 2nd, 2014...
News from the Maintenance Crew about last weekend
This was one of those days where everything clicked and we got a lot done.
Right engine tach generator installed and safetied.
Right engine rocker box covers installed.
Right spark plugs in and torqued, ignition wires installed.
Right and left ailerons in and safetied.
HF radio antenna installed.
Right outer brake line changed and installed.
March 25th, 2014...
Scheduled Liberty Jump Team Drops from Whiskey 7 in Normandy.
June 4 Angoville Au Plain - 6PM
June 5 Amfreville - 6PM
June 7 Graignes - 4:30PM
June 8 La Fiere - 3PM
subject to change
Friday, March 21, 2014
Exciting news from the hanger a small team will start working on getting the ailerons ready for a repaint!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
In the hanger Saturday: Work continued on installing the accessories on the engines (Hugh, Dave A, John P, Loren H, and Jon C.). We approved the work on the first batch of engine accessories which are out for rebuild at Aero Accessories in San Antonio Texas. The donated paint for the ailerons arrived this week from Polyfiber so that work will start next week. -- Sincerely, The Return to Normandy Team
Sunday, March 2, 2014
W7 Maintenance News
Scott Yoak reports that he will have the pan seat mounting structure to us by the end of March. Once in hand they will become a high priority install as it will make the events planned for Normandy much easier to complete.
#1 Engine Sump Installed
#2 Engine Generator Installed
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Duxford - Official Stop on the way to Normandy!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Winter Maintenance Continues
Despite the winter cold, the volunteers at the NWM have been making great progress getting Whiskey 7 ready for Normandy. The annual inspection program is in progress with many items have been completed and only minor items having been discovered which are being captured and corrected.
The main wheels and tires were removed from the aircraft and inspected, including cleaning/repacking of the main bearings and replacement of shims to improve brake performance. The gear has now been reinstalled and W7 is back standing on her own feet.
Scott Yoak, a great friend of the museum and pilot of the P-51 Quicksilver, was kind enough to visit in January to lend us a hand in testing the hydraulic system. With his help we found a worn check valve near the regulator which will be replaced. (We now have the new parts from the supplier and hope to install soon). Scott will also be helping us with the manufacture of hardware for the paratrooper seats from the original Douglas Aircraft engineering drawings.
All of the engine accessories that we had scheduled for rebuild this year have been sent out to Aero Accessories in Texas and it is hoped that these will be back soon.
The team set the goal of doing a complete valve timing and clearances check on the engines and plan in starting that job this weekend. We are also continuing the replacement of worn hardware on inspection plates and cowling to make maintenance easier as we go forward.
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Welcome to the official site of the Return to Normandy Project. The project is dedicated to honoring the members of the Greatest Generation who served their country during the Second World War. The mission is to return the National Warplane's Museum flagship Douglas C-47 to the skies over France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. 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.