| A visitor from United States posted Wed February 28, 2007:|
I am a member of the CAF Highland Lakes Squadron which is restoring this airplane. We have been trying to show some of the many uses this aircraft type was put to in WWII. Have cargo, medical evacuation, jump rig (seats, static line) and passenger demonstrations installed. Considering addition of a chain gun for AC-47 even though that is Vietnam era, not WWII. Bluebonnet Belle looks much better now -- we have polished her to a very nice, bright finish.
I'll add a bit to the furnished history. While I have no details of ownership here, Belle flew for three Canadian airlines and was being used to transport auto parts from Mexico to Canada when we found and purchased her. She also sports a string of bullet holes (repaired) on the right hand side shown in the picture. These prove she was not always in the 'friendly skies'!