If you have not seen or heard the news, the National Warplane Museum Team (NWM Team) is sad to report that while working in support of an event Whiskey 7 suffered a problem with her #1 engine.
The airplane returned to the airport from which she was flying safely and the NWM Team is in the process of replacing the engine with an overhauled unit.
The NWM Team cannot say enough about their friends at D-Day Ohio and the North East Ohio Regional Airport as they continue to support this effort.
A team from the museum went to the airplane last weekend and removed the engine and other parts and returned them to Geneseo for cleaning and inspection.
The NWM Team has ordered an overhauled engine and it is expected to arrive in the next three to four weeks.
Between now and then the old engine will be stripped down and readied for shipment back to the shop as an exchange part.
The other parts will be inspected and cleaned of all possible residual oil and afterward installed on the new engine.
This entire process is expected to cost over $75,000 once the airplane is back in the air.
Both groups in Ohio are doing much to assist and we really appreciate their efforts.
Purchasing a ride on one of the airplanes or a purchase from the National Warplane Museum store will also help (and members get a 10% discount).
To donate you can go to this link (donations are tax deductible).
It will be a tough period as we have several more events we are trying to attend through the end of the season.
Your help will be much appreciated and 100% goes to getting Whiskey 7 back into the air….