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Air Park is home to retired Blue Angels aircraft

Posted March 19, 2013

F/A-18 Hornet

This F/A-18 Hornet performed in Fort Worth four years ago.

An F/A-18 Hornet that flew over North Texas as part of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels is now at home at the Veterans Memorial Air Park at Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport.

The plane, on loan from the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., arrived by tractor-trailer last week. The airplane appeared here in 2009, its last show season, at the Alliance Airshow and was flown by Marine Major Chris Collins.

“It's exciting to have this airplane here,” said Jim Hodgson, executive director of the Veterans Memorial Air Park. “It's really going to put us on the map a little bit more.”

The jet is scheduled to be on display for the public to see in the next month. The Hornet is the 22nd airplane on display at the air park and the only Blue Angel aircraft on display in North Texas.

The Veterans Memorial Air Park, 3300 Ross Ave., is a group of organizations dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of aviation in Fort Worth, the North Texas region and around the world.

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