A Vietnam War-era cargo transport plane known for withstanding enemy fire while delivering supplies to Army troops reached its final destination Wednesday.
The plane, a Fairchild C-123, will become the centerpiece of the Mid America Transportation & Aviation Museum collection, museum president Maurey Topf said.
The aircraft landed Wednesday afternoon at Sioux Gateway Airport/Bud Day Field after a 750-mile flight from Greybull, Wyo.
Although the C-123 plane was used heavily during the Vietnam War for transport, veteran pilot Bob Semrad of Brookings, S.D., remembers using a C-123 to spray Agent Orange and dropping flares over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
"I had my wife convinced I had the safest job in the Air Force," Semrad said, gesturing to the plane. "You could shoot the wings full of bullet holes -- as long as it didn't hit a cable, no problem."
A team of five clocked 4,000 hours restoring the plane to make Wednesday's flight. Although no major system overhauls were needed, Topf said, leaky engines were among the repairs.
The plane had spent time at the Air Guard Museum in St. Paul, Minn., before it was traded to Greybull.
At the Sioux City museum, the plane will go on display next to the Argosy, a four-engine transporter, and homebuilt and general aviation aircraft.
The plane comes free to the museum, Topf said. Parts and labor were donated, as was fuel for Wednesday's flight.