‘The Smile in The Sky’ Coming to Valley City

Duggy, “The Smile in The Sky” is coming to the Barnes County Municipal Airport Thursday, Sept. 6, and kids of all ages are invited.

The World War II-era DC-3 aircraft will be in Valley City as part of the happenings leading up to the Sept. 8 to 9 Wings and Wheels Air Show at the airport, said Toby McPherson, co-chair of the event with Lori Jury.

McPherson said Tuesday, “It’s a kids dream your dream program – it’s a smile in the sky.”

McPherson said the plane was built in 1943 as a World War II military transport aircraft.

Perhaps best known as the “Gooney Bird”, the DC-3 was the primary aircraft transporting troops and equipment during World War II. DC-3s were used to tow the gliders and paratroops that were instrumental in the successful allied invasion of France on D-Day.

“There will be kids out there, and we will tell them about the history of the aircraft, and if they have a dream pursue it. Not just in aviation, but if you want to be a doctor or whatever, pursue it,” McPherson said.

The aircraft is based in Fargo at the air museum, McPherson said.
“Bob and Casey Odegaard and myself will be there talking with kids about pursuing their dreams.”

McPherson said Duggy has been well-received at many airshows the plane has been at since the aircraft began flying out of Fargo in 2006.
There will be no charge to visit with Duggy and listen to the program, McPherson said.

Barnes County and neighboring schools are invited to bring their classes from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The general public is invited to bring their children from 4 to 6 p.m. The pilot and owners will be on hand to tell Duggy’s story.

Jury said The Duggy Dream Team’s mission is to help make kids’ dreams come true. Duggy started out as a simple dream.

As a young boy, age 11, Mitch Carley had a dream of flying around in a plane named Duggy. Mitch never lost this dream and was fortunate enough to have met the right people to make Duggy become a real “Dream-Machine” and symbol. A team was born and so was the real-Duggy.
Duggy is being sponsored in part by a grant from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.
For more information contact Jury at 490-1034 or McPherson at 799-8629.