NIAGARA FALLS – The GeneseeSun.com was aboard Whiskey 7, the National Warplane Museum’s most historic aircraft, when she made an appearance at the 914th Air Refueling Wing on Saturday.
The Wing had a ceremony to celebrate their transition from an airlift wing to a refueling wing and welcomed Whiskey 7 presence as a flyover and static display.
“The C-47 Skytrain were our first aircraft when we were the 3rd Combat Cargo Group which started down in Bowman Airfield in Kentucky,” said SrA. Josh Williams, Public Affairs for the 914th Air Refueling Wing. “This really is a connection to those aircrew. There were 25 airplanes. There were five plane crashes in which 25 aircrew made the ultimate sacrifice and died in those crashes. This is a true testament and a tribute to those that lost their lives serving the 3rd Combat Cargo Group, which is now the 914th.”
Though the real star of the show at the Air Force Base was their new Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker jet, the line to tour Whiskey 7 was as long as her wingspan for hours and hours.
Whiskey 7’s presence at Saturday’s ceremony was deeply appreciated on base.
“You know, this just shows how special it is to be in the Air Force, when we take it to this level as far as bringing in a C-47 to connect our lineage in honor of those who served. Everyone takes great pride here and it truly is a testament to those that served before us, as well as when we transition into an air refueling wing, it also shows how bright the future is here at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.”
This is just the latest that the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo has done to honor all veterans, current and past. The museum keeps Whiskey 7, the Movie Memphis Belle and a few World War II-era training aircraft on their grounds at 3489 Big Tree Road.
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