Eureka (Montana)! It's a "Beaver!"

Photo by Mary Anderson

On Friday, while camping at Eureka Reservoir, Fairfield Sun Times reader and Choteau resident Mary Anderson and her family were greeted by a surprise visit from a family in a 1951 de Havilland Canada "Beaver" single-engine float plane.

Mary told the Sun Times that the people in the plane had just purchased it in Minnesota and were ferrying the craft to its new home in Kodiak, Alaska. "They said they left Minnesota Friday morning and stopped in Baker, Montana for fuel," she said. After taking off from the water at Eureka, the craft was heading to Big Fork for an overnight stay. Mary added that the pilot expected the trip to take five days.

In a text message, Mary said, "My grandkids Sam and Bailey really got a kick out of it, which took about 20 minutes! How often do you see something like this?"

Mary also sent a video of the floatplane as it took off, heading into the wind.

UPDATE: The story has been updated with the correct location. The plane landed at Eureka Reservoir, near Choteau; not at Eureka, Montana. We apologize for the error.

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