GENESEO – The National Warplane Museum is looking for the public’s help to fully restore the interior of Whiskey 7, the legendary flightworthy C-47 to the configuration that it had when it dropped American troops over Normandy on D-Day, 1944.
The National Warplane Muserum is rolling out a 30-day Indiegogo campaign, ‘Let’s Do a Little More for Les’, accessible here, with a campaign goal of $35,000 install the original ‘pan-style’ aluminum seats and restore the radio room and navigator station in Whiskey 7.
“We looked at several of the crowdfunding platforms, such as GoFundMe and KickStarter,” said Craig Wadsworth, Director of Aircraft Maintenance at the Museum. “Naturally there is going to be a cost involved to use these platforms, but these costs due vary depending on the size and scope of the project. We found that Indiegogo met our needs the best due to the fact that unlike other platforms, our organization would still receive donations, even if we are short on our goal.”
The name ‘Let’s Do a Little More for Les,’ is a salute to WWII Veteran Leslie Palmer Cruise, Jr., who turns 92 this week. He is believed to be the last surviving paratrooper who jumped from Whiskey 7 on D-Day. Cruise joined Whiskey 7 and her crew on an international tour in 2014, when the plane once again flew over Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
“It is our hope to be able to secure the funding for these projects so when Les visits the National Warplane Museum Airshow in July, we can update him with the latest plans and projects,” said Dawn Schaible, Director of Planning at the Museum.