VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A long anticipated display has finally landed at a southern Indiana museum.
An F-4 Phantom jet has arrived and is getting ready for display at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes.
With the plane now sitting on its pad officials are putting the push on to get the Museum open to the public.
A significant new display for the Indiana Military Museum is now on site.
A Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom arrived in pieces over the weekend.
The museum spent years getting the plane but the toughest part was getting it delivered and put together.
"The difficulty was plain and simply getting this plane taken apart, moved and put back together," said Judge James Osborne with the Indiana Military Museum. "They say it's the most difficult aircraft in the U.S. arsenal to do that with and I can assure you it is."
A special crew moved the plane from Dayton, Ohio and did most of the re-assembly, leaving a few pieces for local volunteers to finish up.
The F-4 was one of the final major additions to the Military Museum's displays.
Now, the push is on to get ready for a special event that will mark the opening of the facility next month.
"We know that we will be open the weekend of September 8th and 9th because that will be our annual salute to Veterans of World War II weekend," said Osborne.
The plane is just one of the growing number of displays on the museum grounds that pay tribute to America's soldiers.
The work on the grounds is the result of of donations, support and volunteers.
"We've had a lot of dedicated people who have worked on this project," said Osborne. "We've had a lot of support in the community to get us to this point."
Support that should make the Indiana Military Museum even more welcoming to visitors when the gates open.
While Indiana Military Museum may be opening the weekend of September 8th for the Salute to World War II veterans, officials say a grand opening to celebrate the move to the new location will be held later in the year.
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