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.