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National Warplane Museum Hosts 36th Annual Airshow

Jul 10, 2016

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The National Airplane Museum in Geneseo is hosting their annual airshow this weekend.

Aircrafts of all shapes and sizes will be on the ground and soaring through the skies throughout this afternoon, at what has been dubbed "The Greatest Show on Turf," referring to the airfield's grass landing strip.

Private First Class Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr. is believed to be the last surviving paratrooper who jumped from the Whiskey 7 on D-Day and will be reuniting with the nostalgic plane.

The Whiskey 7 aircraft lead the second wave of the invasion of D-Day and completed her Return to Normandy mission in France. The C-47 Dakota also served with the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater, the 9th Air Force in England, and transported paratroopers for the 82nd Airborne Division.

Most recently, he has been creating a roster of those who served in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment during WWII in order to preserve their stories.

"Well the importance, it would be historical documentation, what happened in WWII, what happened to these men who served, when did they serve, and sometimes you can find out why."

Cruise shared how he ended up as a paratrooper in WWII.

"I wanted to enlist and fly in the air corps, and I got turned down because of colorblindness. And when I did that, of course I had to find another way to get up into an airplane."

He said its important to learn about the historical significance of these planes, but theres also some nostalgia.

"Some of those aircrafts I made models of when I was a kid."

Cruise said planes have always been a part of his life, and he now gets to see those models he once made, up close and personal.

The show typically features more than 75 aircrafts. More information can be found at http://nwmairshow.com/