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Eagle and F-16 await refurbishment at new home

Photo: F-15C Eagle 79-0022 in Colorado shortly after its arrival from Arizona. TONY SACKETOS


The Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, Colorado, has acquired McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 79-0022 from Davis-Monthan in Tucson, Arizona.

During the first Gulf War (1990-91), Capt Donald ‘Muddy’ Watrous shot down an Iraqi MiG-23 using this aircraft. The F-15 was transported to its new home on the back of two flatbed trucks and will now be subject to a thorough restoration programme. The museum’s Joe Russo estimates the total cost of the work will be around $50,000 (£35,500) with approximately 8,000 man-hours needed to complete the project.

Another new arrival at the attraction is General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 80-0499 which is due to be repainted following refurbishment. Brig Gen Rick ‘Moose’ Moisio, who flew this machine with the Air National Guard’s 162nd Fighter Wing, will be among those working on it.

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