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Rare German jet on display in Alamogordo

Faith Egbuonu
January 16, 2019 06:33 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - The Tornado jet has officially landed at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and the staff couldn't be happier.

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"We're just so excited for having it here --not only for being the first aircraft that we got, but also because it's a neat way to memorialize that special relationship we had with our allies," said Christopher Orwoll, the Executive Director at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

The jet was used for missions and training before it was retired. Then, it was placed in front of the German Air Force Training Center Headquarters for five years.

Orwoll says it all started when the Germany Air Force announced they were moving the training center back to Germany.

"Then we started the process of requesting the plane from the German Government. Through much legal wrangling, and them coming down, to being chosen between either us or Pensacola of Florida where the Navy Aviation Museum is - they finally chose us," Orwoll said.

It is one of three German Tornado's displayed for public viewing in the U.S. 

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