GENESEO – This weekend, Geneseo will get a first-hand look at one of the few remaining Douglas C-47’s, a World War II military transport aircraft.
Hundreds of volunteers from the National Warplane Museum are putting on the Geneseo Airshow, “The Greatest Show on Turf,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Geneseo Airport.
More than 10,000 C-47s were produced on American soil from 1943-45.
The Douglas C-47 featured in Geneseo this weekend is known as Whiskey 7, and it’s one of the few remaining cargo planes that caried paratroopers into Normandy, France on D-Day -- June 6, 1944. Whiskey 7 was recently in France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the largest invasion in military history.
Tickets are on sale at all area Wegmans stores for $17 for adults and free for children under 12. Tickets are $20 at the gate for adults. Parking is free and guests can bring dogs, coolers and lawnchairs.
Proceeds will benefit the National Warplane Museum, a state-chartered non-profit museum. Its mission is to preserve and promote World War II aviation history and preserve and teach the maintenance, fabrication and flying skills of the historic period.