Local Group Works To Bring Attack Jet To Brasher
Air Force veteran Dave MacMillan is working with a group of military friends to bring a Vietnam-era fighter jet to Brasher Falls as a tribute to local veterans.
"We have a lot of war veterans from here, a lot of war heroes from here," said MacMillan.
The group has been working for more than two years to bring a decommissioned A-4 Skyhawk attack jet to the town.
A fundraising campaign is underway to raise the $75,000 necessary to cover the costs of the project, including transporting the jet from Arizona, where it is being stored, to Brasher.
Plans call for the A-4 Skyhawk to be mounted in a small park on the banks of the St. Regis River, across from the Brasher Municipal building.
"I think it's going to be a great credit for our community and we're looking forward to seeing it come to fruition before we die," said MacMillan.
So far, about $40,000 has been donated.
Clarkson University students have drawn up engineering plans and local contractors have agreed to help mount the aircraft once it has been approved for loan release by the federal government.
"It's a goal that we're very dedicated to and we're making progress," said MacMillan.
Information on the A-4 Skyhawk campaign and where to send donations can be obtained by calling 315 389-4223 or contacting the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 297, Brasher Falls, NY 13613.