Douglas C-47 "Tico Belle" tail number 2100591 (#591). after a quick "nature" wash.
This used to be K-684 of the Royal Danish Air Force and was used (when it was not flying with the Royal Family) as a Paratroop trainer. It still has the static line in the aircraft. During my RDAF service I flew in it several times.
With the successful breaking of the Berlin Blockade Aircraft #591 was once again expendable and no longer needed by the United States. In 1950, the Norwegian Air Force took delivery of her, as part of the lend-lease program. In 1956 she was transferred to the Royal Danish Air Force, where her duty assignment was to transport the Royal Family of Denmark. In 1982 with over 13,500 flying hours, the Royal Danish Air Force finally retired #591.
This is where the Valiant Air Command (VAC) was truly honored to have the opportunity to offer such a valuable part of history a home. VAC members with the help of Royal Danish Air Force Pilots ferried her to the United States. During the latter part of the 80s and the 90s she visited many airshows and toured around the Nation as a flying museum; educating thousands about her battle heritage and of the legacy of those who sacrificed so much in the service of their country. Along the way she acquired her WWII type nose art and became known far and wide as The Valiant Air Command's "TICO Belle;" after the Titusville/Cocoa airport where she is based.
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