Miss Montana Featured at Yellowstone Fly-In
October 1, 2022
Yellowstone Airport (WYS) hosted a fly-in on September 17th featuring Miss Montana, N24320, a fully restored DC-3. Miss Montana, originally designated as a Douglas C-47, was one of over 10,000 C-47s built for the U.S. Military during World War II. After her military service ended, Miss Montana took on many roles including hauling cargo, athletes, and smokejumpers.
Alongside Miss Montana was the current smokejumper aircraft based at Yellowstone Airport, N263MC, operated by Bighorn Airways. More commonly referred to as Jumper-13, the Dornier 228 features turbine engines and modern avionics. The West Yellowstone Smokejumpers were on hand to give tours of the aircraft and demonstrate what itâ€™s like to be a smokejumper.
Weather prevented several other aircraft from participating in the fly-in. However, a dozen vintage cars from the area were on display. These included a Ford Model A and an Auburn Speedster.
Over 800 visitors braved the chilly weather until Miss Montana departed to fly over Yellowstone National Park in the early afternoon. A big shout out to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible. We hope to see Miss Montana in Yellowstone again!