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War Hero Displays Historic Plane at Museum of Aviation

If you enjoy old war stories, you may want to check out the Museum of Aviation Tuesday.

A C-130E aircraft is on display, and the pilot who flew it in a 1964 rescue mission will be there to share his story.

The C-130 has been a staple in the United States Air Force for more than four decades. One plane that was used in a rescue mission has made its way to the Museum of Aviation.

"It's a very special plane because there's a lot of history to it."

That history goes back to the Congo crisis of 1964. This plane flew into a rescue operation under the guidance of then Captain Mac Secord. It also became the first of its kind to take out one hundred civilians under rebel fire.

Bob Dubiel, Director of Marketing at the Museum of Aviation says, "This airplane got one of its engines shot at and out, and it had to take off from the airfield. It was kind of disabled."

Shots fired couldn't stop the aircraft or its pilot from finishing the mission.

"The United States provided a bunch of C-130s and some Belgium paratroopers went in with them and they rescued the hostages," says Dubiel.

After forty-eight years, Secord will reunite with his old aircraft Tuesday.

The retired Lieutenant Colonel will talk about his mission.

The event will be at the Museum of Aviation at 1:30 and is open to the public.

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