Airport plane needs lift assist


The Marine plane, the F9F6 Cougar, at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport has a distinctive characteristic. 

It rotates on its pylon in the wind. 

Now, before efforts can go into refurbishing it, Airport Manager Steve Sievek said a remaining hurdle is lifting the  plane off its pylon. After the airport commission discussion in May was published of whether to remove the plane if funds weren’t available to paint it, the public responded with many offers. 

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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