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Updated: July 18, 2019 @ 6:34 am
Chief pilot Jeff Whitesell brings the plane into a turn over the southwest side of Missoula to head back north toward the airport midway through the Sunday-morning test flight.
Miss Montana's propellers begin to spin as the plane taxis away from the hangar and onto the runway.
Whitesell walks toward the front of the plane after making a last check on the tail controls before test flight takeoff. Among other items, the crew packed souvenirs and a few cases of beer onto the plane.
The interior control panel in the cockpit of the plane. Whitesell and his co-pilot Nico von Pronay were pleased with all the dial readings, seeing nothing of concern during the 10-minute test flight.
Bryan Douglass watches the Mountain Flying Museum disappear behind the plane as she taxis onto the runway.
Whitesell pilots the plane north toward Mount Sentinel before, over the "M" before turning south toward the South Hills and making a loop around the south side of Missoula.
Von Pronay, left, and Whitesell run through the takeoff checklist on the runway.
Von Pronay peers out the window of the cockpit after a successful test flight landing.
After a year of work and worry, perspiration and inspiration, Miss Montana took to the sky Sunday morning bound for Normandy.
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