In case you missed the opportunity to meet the pilots and crew of the iconic ‘Miss Montana’ aircraft, you have one more chance on Saturday at the Museum of Mountain Flying at the Missoula International Airport.
Bryan Douglass, one of the pilots and driving forces behind the resurrection and rebuilding of the C-47 aircraft dubbed the ‘Miss Montana’, has just published a book about the experience that debuted at number one on Amazon in the Military Aviation History category.
The Miss Montana C-47 aircraft is at its very heart a cargo plane, and the cargo being delivered by the crew for the next few weeks will be life itself, with pallets of prepackaged meals to flood ravaged families in the Bahamas.
It was 70 years ago, August 5, 1949 that 13 firefighters perished in the Mann Gulch Fire north of Helena just off the Missouri River after parachuting into the area from the C-47 aircraft that is now the Miss Montana.
The Miss Montana, the World War II vintage C-47 smokejumper aircraft landed safely in Missoula on Monday afternoon to a cheering crowd after an historic mission to help reenact the D-Day paratrooper drop over Normandy.