Vintage airplane from Montana lands in England
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A vintage airplane restored by volunteers in Montana has landed in England.
The Missoulian reports the World War II-era plane and its six-member crew took 10 days to make the trip to Duxford Air Base, landing Tuesday.
The “Miss Montana” and 14 other planes plan to fly across the English Channel to Normandy, France to take part in the 75th commemoration of the June 6, 1944 D-Day attack, including dropping skydivers from Montana.
The “Miss Montana,” is a smokejumper and transport plane owned by Johnson Flying Service in Missoula. Its history includes dropping 15 smokejumpers on the Mann Gulch Fire north of Helena in August 1949. Twelve of the firefighters died, along with a fire guard who had been on the ground, when the fire blew up.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com