US Air Force Plane Now Owned by City of Alexandria and Alexandria Airport – Alexandria Echo Press
ALEXANDRIA – If you’ve ever been to Alexandria Airport or at least driven by it on Aga Drive, you’ve probably seen the US Air Force jet right at the entrance.
The Korean War-era T-33 “Shooting Star” jet was moved from Underwood to Alexandria in 1992. A sign at the base of the post reads, “Dedicated to the men and women who served in United States Air Services United States by American Legion Post 87, August 9, 1992.”
On August 8, 2022, ownership of the T-33 jet was transferred from American Legion Post 87 to the City of Alexandria and Alexandria Airport.
The shooting star was not always exhibited in Alexandria. It was displayed beginning in February 1983 in the yard of Otter VFW Post 874 near Otter Tail Lake, according to a Battle Lake Review article. He was trucked from Minneapolis Air Force Base to Metropolitan Airport after being in a salvage yard in Arizona for 10 years.
In March 1992, at a special meeting of airport commissioners, Bill Haskins, representing American Legion Post 87 in Alexandria, made a request. In information provided by Owen Miller with the American Legion Post 87, he stated, “The American Legion has an opportunity to obtain the T33 aircraft…the craft is in excellent condition.”
Haskins was seeking permission from the Airport Commission to move the jet onto the Alexandria airport property. He said that all moving and installation costs would be paid for by the Legion. The Otter Tail VFW was closing down and wanted the jet moved as soon as possible.
On March 23, 1992, a letter to the Commander of the Legion of Alexandria from Joe McKinney, Chief of the Aircraft Disposition Office of the Department of the Air Force in Arizona, was sent congratulating the American Legion of Alexandria for its acquisition of the T-33 jet. . In his letter, McKinney said, “I am confident it will serve as an outstanding memorial to American Legion Post 87 and the United States Air Force.”
The jet, now owned by the City of Alexandria, will remain at its current location at Alexandria Airport.