Created: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:41:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:34:24 EST
There's a big airplane relocation project happening in Warner Robins as the city starts moving a T-33 trainer jet and F-15 fighter jet to new locations.
The T-33 currently sits on a trailer bed next to the former Warner Robins Police Department. It was moved from the Recreation Department where it was displayed outside for years. However, it will eventually move next to Interstate 75.
"It turn into a major large project but we just want to show the connectivity between the air force base and the city of Warner Robins," Redevelopment Agency Executive Director, Gary Lee said.
City council and Mayor Chuck Shaheen earlier this summer approved $25,000 dollars of tax payer money for the project which costs $24,680. Lee said private sectors donated $7,500.
Despite the costs, it is a cheaper alternative to the original plan of moving an F-15 next to the interstate. Lee says that project would’ve cost $70,000 which was not in the budget at the time. However the foundation and the footing for the F-15 have been built next to the interstate.
"So when the funds are available within our budget to move the plane completely out there, the F-15 out there, we will then in turn have the foundation already laid."
Until the F-15 can be transported there, the base will move it in front of the Recreation Department. After inspections on the T-33 are complete, it will move down Watson Blvd to its temporary home by the interstate.
The move of the T-33 is expected to happen on September 26.