During the D-Day Invasion, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain delivered troops of paratroopers to the beaches of Normandy. It also dropped American soldiers behind Germany lines so they can cut off communication lines and prevent the enemy from sending reinforcements. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower even called the aircraft as one of the most important military equipment during World War II.
“We’re losing all of our World War II veterans. This is one veteran we’re not going to let drop,” said Charles Walker, founder and president of Indiana Air Search and Rescue.
A unit of this vintage aircraft if now sitting in an old airport hangar at the Greenwood Municipal Airport. The aircraft was found at an airport in Nashville, Tenesee where it was attached to a closed museum. Walker, with the help of Indiana Air Search and Rescue Crew Chief Tom Foreman, brought the airplane to Greenwood for the restoration project.
The Indiana Air Search and Rescue will restore the body, electrical systems and engine of the aircraft. The mission is projected to cost around $200,000, but the community is chipping in and generously offers equipment and services to make the restoration possible. They aim to finish the project in two to three years.
A lot is at stake in this project because the Indiana Air Search and Rescue is planning to use the aircraft during times of crisis. The restoration of the C-47 will not only preserve a piece of history, but will also provide a lot of help to the people of Indiana. Indiana Air Search and Rescue recently restores a UH-1H Huey helicopter which it now use for its search and rescue operations.
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