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Local non-profit restores planes at the 122nd Fighter Wing

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WPTA21)- A local non-profit, committed to focusing on veteran issues helped restore 7 planes at the 122nd National Guard Base.

The Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club, has helped improve the community in the past year. In November, the club helped restore Memorial Park, they replanted trees and dedicated a plaque to 125 Allen County men and women who lost their lives in WWII.

The club’s president, Gary Perkey spear-headed the effort for “operation black snake”, an effort to restore the 7 planes at the 122nd.

“For the last 10 months we have gone about raising necessary fund to restore the planes,” Perkey said.

The club needed about $90,000 to finish the project. They received $113,000 from community members and donors. With the money they were able to restore those planes, that hold a lot of history.

“The seven jets that stand out here ave been flown from this base since 1947,” Perkey said.

The group also used the money to hire a contractor who is experienced in restoring fighter planes.

“He arrived a little over a week ago and got the A10 complete and is now working on the F-80 shooting star,” Perkey said.

At the end of the event, Perkey and his club members dedicated a plaque to all of the donors who helped make the project possible.

Perkey said it was thanks to all of the efforts of so many people who donated and helped restore the planes. He said being able to do the event on 9/11 made it mean even more.

“To be able to do something this positive today for the 122nd and for veterans and military personnel in our area here, it’s an honor,” Perkey said.

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