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World War II airplanes stop at Dickinson Airport

The World War II planes were only at the Dickinson Airport for a short time but airport staff was excited that they made a stop. (Submitted photo)1 / 4
The Spitfire and the P-40 Warhawk were the two World War II era planes that touched ground at the Dickinson Airport. (Submitted photo)2 / 4
After a quick "gas and go" the planes departed the Dickinson airport for Minot, airport staffer Heidi Stenger told the Press. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)3 / 4
Planes from the World War II era are a rare sight at the Dickinson Airport. (Submitted photo)4 / 4

Two World War II fighter airplanes made an unexpected pitstop to refuel at the Dickinson Airport Monday afternoon, giving airport employees and officials a rare chance to see these historical planes up close.

Dickinson Airport Administrative officer Heidi Stenger said that the planes were flying back from an airshow, which to her knowledge took place somewhere in the western part of the United States, to their home at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. The airport was not aware that the planes were making the refueling stop until the planes landed, and the planes were not on the ground for long.

"When they landed is when I knew that they were here because it was a different type of sound overhead," Stenger said. "Everybody was going out there and checking them out that could."

Stenger said that this was the first time in the three years that she had worked at the airport that airplanes like that had made a stop in Dickinson. She said that airport staff was really excited for a chance to check out the two WWII planes, a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX.

"It's not very often that you get to see them, especially that close," Stenger said.

Grady McGregor

Grady McGregor is a city and state politics reporter for The Dickinson Press. He joined The Press in July 2017.

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