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NEWLY RESTORED JET AIRCRAFT TO BE UNVEILED AT THE INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
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NEWLY RESTORED JET AIRCRAFT TO BE UNVEILED AT THE INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
5/20/2011
 
From:       
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
               
Contact:   
Rubenstein Communications – Public Relations 
Nancy Haberman – 212-843-8021 / nhaberman@rubenstein.com
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

 
NEWLY RESTORED JET AIRCRAFT TO BE UNVEILED AT THE
INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
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GRUMMAN COUGAR TO JOIN ELITE AIRCRAFT COLLECTION
ON PUBLIC DISPLAY


The Grumman F9F (AF-9J) Cougar will be unveiled as the newest plane to join the elite collection of aircraft on public display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in Manhattan on Saturday, May 21st at 11:00 AM.

In a short ceremony, the plane will be wheeled out of the aircraft restoration tent, where it has undergone its transformation, to take its place among the Intrepid’s collection of other aircraft that reside on the Museum’s flight deck. Curator of Aviation and Aircraft Restoration Eric Boehm will be on hand to answer questions and catalogue the history of this particular plane.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum began restoring the Cougar in 2009 with a team of experts and volunteers and, after 2,000 hours on the project, will display it for the first time as part of Intrepid’s collection.  

The Cougar was built at Grumman’s Bethpage, NY factory and delivered to the Navy in September 1955.  The aircraft served with fighter squadrons in California and later acted as a chase plane at a training center in Texas.  The aircraft was retired from active service in 1965 and was displayed at Airplane Park in Wall Township, NJ for nearly 30 years before being acquired by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Photo opportunity includes unveiling of plane, being wheeled across deck of aircraft carrier. 

On site contact is Luke Sacks, Intrepid Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications: (646) 241-6054.

DATE: Saturday, May 21

TIME: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

PLACE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan


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