C47-A Tico Belle N3239T at Whiteside County Airport Illinois
In 1950, the Norwegian Air Force took delivery of the C-47A 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 (K-684). In 1982 with over 13,500 flying hours, the Royal Danish Air Force finally retired K-684
The Valiant Air Command 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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