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Vets to unveil year-long project with parade

"There's not too many times you see a jet plane coming down the highway," said First Director Red Montgomery.

But at Saturday's parade in Canton that's just what you'll see.

The F-4D Phantom II is going to be the pride and joy of the parade. The jet has been all over the world and now Canton is going to give it one big welcome to it's final resting place.

The 20,000 pound plane was shipped to Texas from California.

"It took three trucks to move it in and of course it came in pieces so we had to reassemble it," said PR Director Joe Silva.

The pilot of the retired aircraft found out that the plane had been purchased. Montgomery tells us the pilot called California and said, 'I understand somebody took my plane."

When he found out the plane was taken to Canton, TX he contacted the Van Zandt County veterans and shared a message that surprised them all.

"He said that's my plane and when ya'll put it on the pole I want to be there," said Montgomery.

The man who spent years flying this plane is going to be the Grand Marshall at the parade, and he brings many stories with him.

"He flew the plane and said that was the smoothest F-4D there ever was," said Montgomery.

Not only was it smooth, it was fast.

"He said he set a speed record with this plane before they retired it," explained Montgomery.

An incredible aircraft that has given so many fond memories and now thanks to the Van Zandt County veterans the plane now calls Canton home.

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