Training Fighter Jet Gets A Much Needed Facelift


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The marquee monument of the Magic Valley Regional Airport recently got a facelift.

And employees and residents of the area couldn't be happier with the outcome.

After the Vietnam and Korean wars the United States Air Force found themselves with an abundance of outdated flying war machines.

Instead of scrapping the decommissioned planes, it was decided that they would be donated to airports all across the country.

So in early 1960's the U.S. Air Force donated a decommissioned T–33 Fighter Jet to Joslin Field.

From there it was mounted in its current location as the center piece of the airport entrance.

But since then, the training fighter jet had seen better days.

That's why Reeder Flying Service and the Magic Valley Regional airport decided it was time for a facelift.

“The black tanks that you see on the side, we repainted those, all the lettering we repainted, touched up the paint that need to be done and we polished all of the aluminum on it. We’re proud of our community, were proud of what’s here so we absolutely jumped at the opportunity to take care of it.”
Said Jared VanderKooi General Manager of Reeder Flying Service.

The last time the Jet received any type of restoration was 14 years ago in 1999.

Back then, the T–33 received a full restoration to what it currently looks like now.

Although the jet was donated to Joslin Field, the United Air Force still outright owns the now historical piece of wartime history.

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