Beautiful Betsy’s new landing
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.
MAKE HISTORY: Moving Beautiful Betsy.