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Naval Crew Restoring Accomack County Airport's Skyhawk Plane

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MELFA, Va. - A piece of American history is being restored in Accomack County. 

A naval crew from Naval Aviation Station Oceana in Virginia Beach is visiting the Accomack County Airport this week to restore the A4F Skyhawk plane that's been sitting on display for years. 

The plane first came to the airport in pieces in 1995. It's on a loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL. The idea to repaint the plane came to fruition in part thanks to retired Navy Captain James Metcalfe. According to airport manager Barbara Haxter, Metcalfe used to fly the same kind of plane during his time in the military.

The naval crew, VFC-12, has already sanded the plane down and started repainting it. The colors will be updated to the squadron's current color scheme: an Arctic Splinter with grey, white and charcoal. For them, it's a project that hits close to home.

"We were probably one of the last squadrons in the Navy to fly them," Robert McClure with the VFC-12 said. "This one was actually one of our squadron's old airplanes. When it showed up here, it was actually painted with the old tactical grey from VFC-12, the old 90's paint scheme."

The project is expected to be finished by the end of the week. 

 

 

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