- Associated Press - Saturday, January 3, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Volunteers at the Dakota Territory Air Museum are reassembling an aircraft that was recently moved to Minot from a storage site for excess military and government aircraft in Tucson.

The F-106 Delta Dart is similar to the planes that a former squadron at the Minot Air Force Base once flew, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1xlkpl0 ) reported. Two trucks specialized in transporting warbirds moved the aircraft to Minot in October. One truck transported the fuselage and another carried the wings, fuel drop tanks, afterburner and other parts.

“We’ve been working on it fairly consistently,” said Darrel Kerzmann, a museum board member who is retired from the Air Force and the coordinator of the volunteers reassembling the plane. Members of the former 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at the Minot Base flew F-106 planes.

Kerzmann said the plane should be ready to be displayed at the museum by spring, but right now volunteers have a lot of “nitty-gritty” work to do such as sanding and painting.

“The main pieces are on,” Kerzmann said. “One night we had like 15 people there. We had a ‘maintenance blitzkrieg’ and we got a lot of pieces put back on.”

Personnel from a local aviation services company has also helped the museum volunteers reassemble the plane. Minot Aero Center personnel helped with placing the heavy external tanks on the plane and other work.

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Online: www.dakotaterritoryairmuseum.com

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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