F-15 jet may soon land on I-75

7:48 PM, Jan 4, 2012   |    comments
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WARNER ROBINS, Ga -- An F-15 fighter jet may soon land at the Warner Robins and Centerville I-75 exit ramp.

It won't be coming from the air, but rather raised from the ground onto a podium.

The City of Warner Robins intends to place a refurbished F-15 on property along Vietnam Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Volunteer manager of the project and member of the Redevelopment Authority Jim Balletto showed a model of the plane and what the site will look like to council Tuesday night.

The plane will replace the missile that used to be in that location.

Council voted to set aside $30,000 from a tourism fund to get the project started. They need another $50,000 to finish the project.

Council member Mike Brashear says the aircraft will make a good impression on visitors.

He said, "The F-15 is an integral part of Robins. We got a lot of proud people out here at the base who maintain the aircraft. It's the air superior fighter in the world right now."

Balletto said the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base donated the F-15. The Museum of Aviation refurbished it.

The city is asking private companies to help pay for the rest, but so far they do not have a commitment.

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