The company that owned it was about to turn it into a more modern turboprop plane when someone researched its past and found it was the first plane of paratroopers into France.
The restoration process is underway to preserve the bit of history, but during the big AirVenture aviation festival in Oshkosh, Wis., this week, it was towed over from its home for a public viewing.
The goal of the Commemorative Air Force is to get into fixed up and into flying shape and fly it to Europe for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.
Bob Collins | MPR NewsView full galleryBob Collins | MPR NewsBob Collins | MPR NewsBob Collins | MPR NewsThe troop seating area, shown during restoration in 2015. Bob Collins | MPR NewsAlong this area ran the cable to which paratroopers attached their chute cords. If they didn't feel like jumping, they got a little 'encouragement' from the person behind. Bob Collins | MPR NewsOut the window is a fair amount of aviation history, from an F-35 to an F-22, a B-52 bomber, and a B-17. Bob Collins | MPR NewsThe co-pilot's position. Bob Collins | MPR NewsThe pilot's seat. Bob Collins | MPR NewsBob Collins | MPR NewsBob Collins | MPR NewsBob Collins | MPR NewsBob Collins | MPR News
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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