U.S. Navy Fighter Jet lands in north Alabama to be the centerpiece for James Clemens High School campus


James Clemens High School (Photo By: WHNT News 19)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s an old U.S. Navy Fighter Jet at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville that will soon see a new life of glory.

The 60-year-old plane will be on permanent loan from the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, to James Clemens High School in Madison.

The JROTC Instructor, Retired Colonel Courtney Taylor, has been working for nearly a year to bring it to north Alabama.

Students say the jet will be a perfect fit for the school.

“Just a great thing.  It fits because in Madison City, we have a strong engineering base and also a military base, Redstone’s nearby,” said Frank Herring, a senior at James Clemens.

The school has already set up an account for donations from any company or citizen who would like to donate to the cost of restoring and mounting the plane.  If so, please contact the school for account details and how to make a donation.

It’s a TF-9 Cougar that will sit in the roundabout in the front of the school, inspiring students to fly high in life.

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