MONROE — The view last Sunday morning (Feb. 28) may have been obstructed, but the bright yellow aircraft was unmistakeable as it cut through the dense fog while being hauled to the Monroe Science Center on E. Windsor Street.
The aircraft is a Vietnam War era Douglas A4 Skyhawk, a single-seater, light attack turbo-jet, according to local photographer Rick Crider. The jet will be on display at the Science Center, which is eyeing an opening date of fall 2021; it is on long-term loan to Warriors & Warbirds from a private donor.
In August of 2020, the Enquirer-Journal reported, “the Science Center will have an A4 Skyhawk Jet on display. A nonprofit organization that helps with the Warbirds Airshow donated the plane to the Center for a minimum of five years. Kids will not be allowed to climb into the plane; however, during those five years the Center will look for a plane that kids can climb into and tour,” said Pete Hovanec, communication and tourism officer for the City of Monroe.
J.B. Preslar Trucking&Grading Co., Inc., hauled the plane from the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport to the Monroe Science Center at no charge to the City.