Retired A-10 Placed in 122nd's Air Park (Photos & Video)

By Scott Sarvay
By Stephanie Parkinson

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - It was an historic day Thursday at the 122nd Fighter Wing as a retired A-10 was moved into Heritage Park. The jet was the first A-10 assigned to the unit.

The 19,000lb A-10 was strapped up and flown across the base and into place by a CH-47 Chinook from the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 238th Medium Lift Aviation Unit, Peoria Ill.

"It's very special to have this plane. It was the first one assigned back last summer, we received it, we knew that it was probably not going to go back into the Air Force inventory, it actually belongs to the Air Force Museum right now and they've allowed us to keep it here in Heritage Park and display it," said Col. Craig Ash, 122nd Fighter Wing.

"This is a great thing that Col. Soldner started years ago, the base commander then, in order to get all these planes located out here so that the generally public can enjoy them at the same time that the unit members do and you can see the heritage of the unit, what all we've flown over the years with them being placed out here," said Ash.

Sometime over the next month a crane will move the A-10 to a special mount inside the park where it will be displayed.

To help maintain Heritage Park pavers will be sold that will cover the gravel area around the fighter jets. To purchase a paver please visit www.fortwaynebcc.org. The park is set to open sometime in the spring.

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