Fighter jet trucked to Lena to be centerpiece of memorial
LENA, Ill. (AP) — It seems it’s never too cold to deliver a fighter jet.
The Journal-Standard in Freeport reports crews from Worldwide Aircraft Recovery delivered an F-4E Phantom II jet to Lena in northwestern Illinois, where it will become the centerpiece of the Northwest Illinois Aerial Combat Memorial.
The 63-foot-long jet was taken apart and transported to Illinois from New Mexico’s Holloman Air Force Base. It arrived Wednesday as temperatures were plunging to minus 32 degrees — or minus 52 with the wind chill.
The F-4 Memorial committee in Lena hopes to raise about $100,000 to have the jet painted, moved and placed on a pedestal the committee still has to buy.
The memorial will honor current and former military members, with special focus on those who fought in aerial combat.
Information from: The Journal-Standard, http://www.journalstandard.com/jshome.taf