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Event raising money to send plane to Indonesia

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A mission organization is bringing a new airplane to Greenwood for a public dedication ceremony and to raise money to send it to Indonesia.

The Mission Aviation Fellowship airplane will be on display from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the community hangar at the Greenwood Municipal Airport, 799 E. County Line Road. The public dedication ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

The organization is bringing the plane to Greenwood to show to Indianapolis-area donors to help raise the $90,000 needed to fly the aircraft to Indonesia, spokesman Chad Babbert said.

Mission Aviation Fellowship is a group that uses planes and other technology to help isolated people physically and spiritually in remote parts of the world. The organization is sending the plane to Kalimantan, Indonesia. The plane will carry missionaries, medical teams, relief workers, Bible translators and sick people to and from riverside villages.

Supporters donated the money to buy the plane and also have donated fuel and hangar space for Mission Aviation Fellowship to fly it to show donors throughout the U.S. The aircraft will replace a 52-year-old plane the organization is using. The organization owns 140 airplanes and is upgrading them over time. The new plane is a KODIAK that uses jet fuel which is less expensive and more available than the fuel the old plane, a Cessna, uses.

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