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WWII aircraft departs from Santa Maria on trip to France for 75th D-Day commemoration

Posted at 6:52 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 22:07:21-04

A WWII aircraft based on the Central Coast is on its way to France for a special memorial mission.

The C-47 aircraft, named “Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber,” departed from the Santa Maria airport Saturday afternoon as part of a special military send-off.

The C-47 is part of the Estrella Warbirds Museum collection in Paso Robles.

The warbird will make the long trek to Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a flyover.

Several local WWII veterans were recognized for their service to our country during Saturday’s event.

Before heading to France, the plane will make a stop in New York to join other warbirds in a flight around the Statue of Liberty.

In June, the warbirds will fly across the Atlantic to France to mark to 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.