WWII Aircraft ‘Miss Montana’ stops for fuel at Tri-Cities Airport before flying to Europe


A piece of history made a fuel stop at the Tri-Cities Airport Monday evening before heading to Europe.

‘Miss Montanta’ will join a fleet of American C-47s known as the D-Day Squadron.

The planes will fly over the skies of Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

News Channel 11 was there as the plane landed at Tri-Cities Airport. Miss Montana’s pilot told us the aircraft was originally built in 1944.

“This airplane was built near the end of the war so it did not fly oversees. Its most famous exploits were when it dropped the jumpers over the man-golch fire in 1939,” said Bryan Douglas.

The plane is a centerpiece of the Museum of Mountain Flying in Missoula, Montana, hence the name Miss Montana.

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