“We have two F-105 Thunderchiefs that were flown in Vietnam,” HCVA President Sammy Robinson said Thursday. “They are out at Lackland AFB in Texas.”
Robinson says a crew of 7-local-volunteers have already made one-trip to the Texas base; disassembling the planes and returning with some major components.
A return trip is planned for late January to retrieve the rest of the planes; which are similar to one flown by a Vietnam veteran from Haralson County.
“We have a gentleman living in Bremen, Georgia who flew the F-105 and was shot down in 1967,” Robinson says. “He spent 6 ½ years in a POW camp.”
Robinson says the HCVA is soliciting donations from local groups, associations and individuals to cover the cost of the trips and re-furbishing. He says anyone making a contribution will be recognized on a plaque displayed near the new plane-exhibit.
To make a contribution, call the HCVA at (770) 574-7764.