Monthly Archives: June 2014

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President’s Message for June 2014

Presidents Words for the Month

TimThe club members enjoyed a good time with Jim Bonnardel’s creative….”Bean Fun Fly Challenge”.  A good number of competitors and spectators showed up to the event and they were not disappointed.
What happened when 20 beans were placed in a small cup and the said cup was attached to an airplane and then the airplane took off and flew to 200 feet altitude, then did a loop, flew beneath a limbo tape about 5 feet high and cap it off with a precision landing in a circle, ….oh and then you had to have the beans still in the cup?  All items got scored and top prize was a 50 dollar gift certificate.  After finishing all the tasks and landed I expected to see many or at least some beans in my cup….nary a one was left.  BUMMER!  Did not see them depart and I am still pondering what mistake I must have made but the short of it is that I did not get a prize.
All club members in attendance were consoled with the famous NY Nathans Coney Island hot dogs following the event and we did have a short General Meeting of the membership and so we had Fun, Food and Info and we are sorry if you missed it.
Next week plan to come down with your Jet aircraft and join in with the next Club activity…..
    “Jet Day by the Bay”  June 28th, starting around 9 AM.  I have been preparing for this day for a long time and my SR 71 has been refurbished and prepped and tested the other day with more battery than a controller should be subjected to.  In other words when I go to full power/speed it could get interesting.  A BBQ is a definite maybe so mark your calendar so that you do not forget and miss it?!!
Membership is well above 300, we are staying within our budget for the year as a club, and we are having  fun with our events.  
The site has improvements that should make us proud, thanks to many folks that have contributed to this effort:
runway, fencing, tables, parking lot, signs… know who they are…say thanks when you get a chance.
Remember to fly safely within our area, quickly avoid full scale aircraft (ABLE) and live and let live by the Golden Rule….it works pretty well.



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D-Day C-47 stops at Ramstein en route to Normandy for invasion anniversary

About two years ago, the squadron contacted the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York, and asked whether the museum might consider sending its flagship plane to Ramstein to help commemorate the squadron’s own 70th anniversary, said Naomi Wadsworth, 55, one of the Whiskey 7’s pilots.

“We just couldn’t pull it together that fast,” Wadsworth said. It was February, not a conducive time to cross the Atlantic due to the potential for wing icing and stormy weather. “And we didn’t have the funding,” she said.

“Then the whole Normandy thing came up,” Wadsworth said. Around the same time, Gary Mitchell, a museum member and World War II buff who passed away in September, received an invitation from France to bring Whiskey 7 to the D-Day anniversary.

Though fundraising continues, the museum has almost reached its goal of $250,000 needed for the trip, money that mostly covers fueling the slow, low-flying plane that so far on its journey to Normandy has guzzled more than 2,000 gallons. In Narsarsuag, Greenland, the plane’s third stop, the going rate for 100 low-lead fuel was $20 to $25 per gallon.

Countless Saturdays leading up to the May 15 departure were spent prepping the plane’s engines, tires, landing gear, electrical systems and other components. After departing from Geneseo, a five-member volunteer crew — three pilots, a crew chief and a maintenance chief — made the short hop to Presque Isle, Maine, the northernmost piece of land on the eastern U.S. coast. The plane proceeded to follow the original Blue Spruce Route, an air route over the North Atlantic used to ferry aircraft between the United States and Great Britain during World War II.

“We were blessed with the weather on our trip,” said chief pilot Chris Polhemus, 58, on Wednesday while briefing reporters at Ramstein. “We’re just tickled to death to be here.”

Air Force Capt. Brian Shea, a C-130 pilot with the 37th Airlift Squadron, was also thrilled to see the plane parked a few steps outside the squadron’s doors.

“It was great to see the history of our squadron roll up,” he said. “I’m just jealous that I can’t fly it.”

The C-47 will be available for public viewing by ID cardholders on Ramp 2-5 by the 37th Airlift Squadron from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, and 1-4 p.m. Friday.

It’s hard to imagine flying the plane like it was during the war, Shea said. “The courage that they had to be able to take an aircraft like this and fly the way they did, not only with the flak and all the air defenses out there, but the number of aircraft that were in the air that day, the number of paratroopers, it’s just something that we don’t do anymore,” he said. “I can’t imagine putting it together.”

Back then, after departing from RAF Cottesmore, England, the lead aircraft in the second wave across the English Channel, Whiskey 7 dropped a planeload of paratroops from the 82nd Airborne Division on Drop Zone ‘0’ near St.-Mere Eglise, France, at shortly past 2 a.m. on June 6, 1944.

“It was one of a handful of airplanes that actually put its troops directly on the drop zone … it was one of the very successful drops,” Polhemus said.

After the war, the aircraft flew for the Canadian armed forces, then hauled commercial freight and later fell into the hands of a private aviator. The museum acquired the aircraft as a gift with its current paint and markings, from the former owner’s family, said Whiskey 7 flight engineer Craig Wadsworth. “It’s never been out of flying status since World War II,” he said.

It has been given some upgrades, however. A modern radio and touch-screen navigation system made the crossing less challenging than it would have been 70 years ago, said Craig Wadsworth, Naomi’s younger brother. But conditions inside the plane on its most recent journey are still far from luxurious.

“It’s not bumpy but it is cold,” Craig Wadsworth said. “There is a heating system on board but it’s really just effective enough to make sure the pilots’ feet sweat.”

The noninsulated cabin at one point dropped to 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Wadsworth and crew chief Mike Lindsay sat in the canvas jump seats bundled in sleeping bags and thermal underwear. The toilet was a five-gallon drum with a hole and seat on top.

Packed into the plane, just in case, are life rafts, parachutes and wet suits.

“Did I think we would make it? Absolutely,” Wadsworth said. “Am I ecstatic, incredibly pleased and relieved at how well the airplane is operating? Absolutely.”

At Goose Bay in Labrador, Canada, the crew had to change a defunct generator, one of two powering the aircraft’s electrical systems.

“If anyone has a spare generator for a C-47, see me before they leave,” Craig Wadsworth joked.

Other than that, the trip has been mostly smooth, with trailing winds boosting the plane’s average speed of 130 knots (about 149 miles per hour) to 180 knots (about 207 miles per hour) — about one-quarter to one-third the average cruising speed of a commercial jet liner.

While in Normandy, the crew will meet up with 90-year-old Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., a paratrooper who jumped from Whiskey 7 on D-Day. Though the plane will execute several re-enactment parachute drops in Normandy, Cruise this time around has no plans for a flak-filled, nighttime free fall.

“We offered to let him jump out, but he said the last time he parachuted into France, he didn’t get a very good reception,” Craig Wadsworth said.

Thinking back on the young men who did jump 70 years ago is what inspired Polhemus, a longtime pilot for US Airways, to take the plane back to Normandy.

“I frequently sit in the back of this airplane and I look at the ribs, the stringers, the rivets, the very same airframe” that those kids were looking at 70 years ago, he said. “They jumped from 700 feet into the night skies into German-occupied France, small-arms fire, not knowing what they were going to find.

“Bringing this airplane to Normandy this year, it puts the United States on the world stage. This airplane is nothing more than a symbol of where we were, what we did, why we did it … it’s who we are, our values.”