New Life for an Old Bird

An F-80C Shooting Star in the hangar at the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City, Iowa awaiting restoration before being put on display. The F-80C was the first jet fighter used operationally by the United States Army Air Forces and saw extensive combat in Korea. The F-80 was flown at the 185th from July 1953 through January 1956. This aircraft is being restored as a static display to proudly showcase the units’ history. The F-80 will eventually be displayed at the Iowa Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa..

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