Air Force says Vt Air Guard can keep nation’s longest flying F-16 fighter

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The Vermont Air National Guard’s oldest fighter plane is being saved from the scrap yard.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy has been told by the Air Force that the F-16 fighter known as the “Lethal Lady” can be converted into a museum piece and it will stay in Vermont.

Earlier this year the plane, nicknamed the Lethal Lady, flew into the record books by clocking more than 7,000 hours in the air. It was the first plane of its type to last that long.

Plans had been to send the Lethal Lady to a base in Arizona where it would be scrapped.

Vermont Guard officials now say the plane will be put on display, either outside guard headquarters in Colchester or outside the Air Guard Base in South Burlington.

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