Beau­ti­ful Betsy’s new land­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BEAU­TI­FUL Betsy, the one-in-five scale replica Lib­er­a­tor B24D plane out­side the Monto His­tor­i­cal Society, was for­mally moved to its new post on Tues­day.

The replica had stood on a tem­po­rary post wait­ing ap­proval from an en­gi­neer for the past six months.

On Tues­day it was de­tached and placed on a pole in front of the society build­ing with a crane by work­ers from DJ’s Steel.

The replica was built by the Monto Ro­tary Club with help from the Queens­land gov­ern­ment Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund.

The orig­i­nal Sec­ond World War bomber crashed at Kroom­bit Tops Na­tional Park on Fe­bru­ary 26, 1945, and was dis­cov­ered on Au­gust 2, 1994.

Ro­tary club sec­re­tary Colin List over­saw the build­ing of the replica last year on his prop­erty.

“We couldn’t go any big­ger than one fifth or it would be too big and too heavy to han­dle,” Mr List said.

Mr List and Ro­tary Club mem­ber Bruce Jamieson were there to over­see the move.

Mr Jamieson said it was one of the big­gest projects the Ro­tary Club had un­der­taken in the past few years.

“The Ro­tary club mem­bers went out to Col’s place and we all worked on it at one point,” he said.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

MAKE HIS­TORY: Mov­ing Beau­ti­ful Betsy.

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