Funds being raised to refurbish planes
Donations are being accepted by Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club to help refurbish aircraft on display at Heritage Park, adjacent to the Fort Wayne International Airport.
Heritage Park, which is open to the public, showcases all of the aircraft flown by the 122nd Fighter Wing beginning in 1947. Over time, the elements have taken a toll on the aircraft, which now need restoration.
“The 122nd Fighter Wing is a vital part of our community, and the aircraft that are memorialized in Heritage Park are in need of restoration. I believe that Operation Blacksnake, the effort to raise the necessary funds to restore the aircraft that have been flown from the 122nd since 1947, is important and worthy,” Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement.
Warrior Breed, a nonprofit veteran motorcycle club, recently helped replant trees in Memorial Park to commemorate 125 local soldiers who died during World War I.
“I appreciated the work that the Warrior Breed did with Operation MP-125 to replace the World War I memorial trees within Memorial Park, and I am confident we’ll see similar successes with Operation Blacksnake,” Henry said.
“I have given my full support to Warrior Breed’s efforts to revitalize the memorial aircraft at Heritage Park.”
For more information about the fundraising project and how to donate, go to https://www.facebook.com/operationblacksnake.