published Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Vintage jet moved from Chattanooga airport

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hopkins, left, and Tech. Sgt. Scot Batie, members of the Tennessee Air National Guard, hold a rope as they help move a vintage F-101 Voodoo jet fighter Wednesday from the grounds of their former headquarters building at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport onto a flatbed truck. The jet that has been displayed at the airport since it was retired in 1982 will be displayed at the new headquarters of the 241st squadron on Bonny Oaks Drive.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hopkins, left, and Tech. Sgt. Scot Batie, members of the Tennessee Air National Guard, hold a rope as they help move a vintage F-101 Voodoo jet fighter Wednesday from the grounds of their former headquarters building at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport onto a flatbed truck. The jet that has been displayed at the airport since it was retired in 1982 will be displayed at the new headquarters of the 241st squadron on Bonny Oaks Drive.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A vintage F-101 Voodoo military jet fighter was moved today from its longtime place at the old Tennessee Air National Guard site at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

Major Marty Malone, detachment commander for the 241st Engineering Installation Squadron, said the 24,000-pound aircraft was to be transported by truck from its static display location at Lovell Field to the new Guard location off Bonny Oaks Drive.

The U.S. Air Force jet that went into service in 1954, has been on display at the old Guard site since 1982, he said.

Malone said he expected the jet that carried a nuclear payload while it was operational could be back on display at Bonny Oaks Drive this weekend.

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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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