Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The crew spent the weekend in cold water survival class donated by Ed Carlson at  Pictured here is John Lindsay in the cold water survival suit.  Thanks Ed!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

News from the Maintenance Crew about last weekend

This was one of those days where everything clicked and we got a lot done.
Items cleared:
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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Leslie Palmer Cruise, Jr. recounts flight over the channel in W7 on Day.

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

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Return to Normandy team would like to thank News 10 NBC for their support and sponsorship!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Filming has started on a feature documentary that we are producing about Whiskey 7’s Return to Normandy. We have found living pilots from our plane’s squadron and even an 82nd Airborne paratrooper who jumped from Whiskey 7 on D-Day over St. Mere Eglise. Here is an excerpt from an interview we recently conducted with Leslie Palmer Cruise, Jr.

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 Mainenance 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
Tentative Flight Dates - W7 plans to arrive in Prestick, Scotland on May 21st; Visit Ramstein AFB in Germany on May 26 with the final destination of Cherbourg, France by June 3.  Aerial activities are being finalized.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Duxford - Official Stop on the way to Normandy!

Whiskey 7 will be appearing at The D-Day Anniversary Air Show Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014 in Cambridgeshire, England.  For more information on the air show please visit IWM Duxford Website

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.