The Arizona Commemorative Air Force museum will be launching its first night flight with its World War II era C-47 on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 6:30pm.

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Photos by Jesse A. Millard

This special inaugural night flight is a rare opportunity for participants to enjoy a flight on a vintage WWII airplane in the evening and enjoy spectacular views of the city.

This time of year also provides the unique opportunity to see Christmas Lights from this unique vantage point. Folks can fly in the plane with family and friends or as a group and the cost is $150 per seat or $1500 for the entire plane.

The C-47 was part of the 60th Troop Carrier Group (TCG) legacy. After pouring through stacks of declassified military documents, the museum uncovered that this warbird had the most extensive combat history among all of the Commemorative Air Force’s national and international units.

The museum’s Douglas C-47 Skytrain/Dakota was named after a mule, serial number 30, one of four mules flown in the dead of night from Brindisi, Italy to a top-secret site in the Balkans on August 4, 1944.