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Normandy-bound Vintage Plane Takes Test Flight over Missoula

It was the first time it was airborne since arriving in 2001

MISSOULA — A vintage plane restored by volunteers in Montana has lifted off for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The Missoulian reports that the 75-year-old Dakota DC-3 known as Miss Montana flew over Missoula on a test flight Sunday. It was the first time it was airborne since arriving in 2001.

Volunteers have been working hard to get the former firefighting plane ready to travel to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Miss Montana is scheduled to participate in a reenactment of the invasion, including dropping jumpers from Montana.

A send off gala on Saturday night raised money to cover its fuel costs.