‘Miss Montana’ Crew to ‘Get the Band Back Together’ on Saturday
In case you missed the opportunity to meet the pilots and crew of the iconic ‘Miss Montana’ aircraft, you have another chance on Saturday at the Museum of Mountain Flying at the Missoula International Airport.
Pilot and author of the new book ‘Every Reason to Fail – The Unlikely Story of Miss Montana and the D-Day Squadron’, Bryan Douglass has details.
“We’re very happy to announce that we are going to get the band back together,” said Douglass. “By the band I mean the whole flight crew, and as many volunteers and jumpers that can show up. We’re going to have an event from 10 o’clock till two o’clock on Saturday at the museum for a book signing, hanging out together and enjoying the great weather.”
Douglass provided a brief recap of the Miss Montana adventure.
“About a year ago we returned from a trip to Europe in this historic airplane that had been sitting in a hangar in Missoula for 18 years,” he said. “ An army of volunteers completely restored it and a crew of a half-dozen or so flew it from Missoula all the way to England and then into France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, across and around Germany for the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift and then we brought it home. It was a pretty epic journey.”
Douglass said they are looking into a ‘Miss Montana’ tour of the state in the fall.
“We will be announcing hopefully more specifics about a statewide tour that we hope to take this fall in September or so,” he said. “If we can get all the pieces together, then we are planning to take Miss Montana to the skies again, and take a tour of Montana to as many places as will have us.”
The event is free from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Museum of Mountain Flying. Douglass said copies of his new book will be available for sale and signing by as many crew members as possible, as well as the popular ‘Miss Montana’ t-shirts.
All are welcome to experience Missoula history with the Miss Montana aircraft.