Historic plane headed to Normandy stops in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A historic plane on its way to Normandy, France made a stop Monday in the Air Capitol.

"We're in Wichita with Miss Montana. We're headed to D-Day to join the D-Day squadron to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion of France," explains Nicolai Von Pronay, a pilot for the Miss Montana.

It's been almost 20 years since this C-47 warbird has flown.

Volunteers in Montana spent a year restoring it, getting the Miss Montana ready to take part in the 75th anniversary of D-Day this June 6th.

"It's super exciting. We are thrilled. A lot of good people helping us. They make it happen," says Von Pronay.

It's a long trip to Normandy for the old plane.

Wichita is one of a few stops along the way.

The plane is here to fuel up at Yingling Aviation, before it takes off again.

"It's a pretty rare occasion for this," says Jerry Pickett, Vice President of Business Development at Yingling Aviation.

Pickett and others are excited for the opportunity to show off Wichita's own piece of World War II history.

"We're closely tied to the Doc B-29 as well, so we've got a real appreciation for the antique aircraft and the World War II airplanes. And it was just a real honor to have Miss Montana stop here and the crew on the way across the U.S.," said Pickett.
 

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