Beautiful Betsy plane up in Monto in time for tourist season
THE Beautiful Betsy replica model made by Monto Rotary Club has now been put up for display, right in time for tourist season.
Monto Historical Society secretary Colin List piloted the project and expressed excitement that the plane will finally be enjoyed by the public.
"It's a good feeling having it up, as it was hiding away before where nobody could see it," he said.
"People driving by can now stop and have a look."
Getting the plane up is almost a year in the making.
The idea initiated in August last year, and the finished plane was introduced to the public during Heritage Day in October.
The Monto Rotary Club's idea to have the plane up on a 6m pole is what caused the delay, as they were unable to get approvals from appropriate bodies in time to make that happen.
So instead, they have gone with the just-under 2m stand as a temporary option.
"We will still have the 6m pole, we've just decided to go with the smaller stand for now," Mr List said.
The plane is a fifth of the size of the real Liberator that crashed in the Kroombit Tops National Park area in 1945.
Monto Historical Society president Trevor Pincott said locals will also benefit from having it up.
"It's hoping to draw attention to tourism, but also to increase the interest in the historical society and for local residents to come have a look at," he said.
Next to the plane is information about the real Beautiful Betsy and those that were in the crash.
Money for the project was made possible to a Regional Arts Development Funds Grant from the North Burnett Regional Council.