- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An old spy plane at Richmond’s Virginia Aviation Museum is being dismantled and reassembled inside the Science Museum of Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1SO5dH7) the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane has sat for the past 15 years on the aviation museum’s front lawn.

Marty Batura, owner of the Nebraska-based Worldwide Aircraft Recovery, is leading a four-man crew charged with taking apart the plane, which was used for spy missions in the 1960s.

Brought from California in 1999 by Batura’s company, the plane set an endurance record for the longest flight ever by traveling 15,000 miles in 10 and a half hours.

Aviation Museum officials say they’re glad to see it moving indoors, away from the weather and bird droppings.

The Science Museum oversees operation of the Aviation Museum, which is at Richmond International Airport.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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