WSPD escort Avenger to new home

Photo by Angel Del Cueto
Photo by Angel Del Cueto

White Settlement Police recently escorted the mockup of the A-12A Avenger Stealth Fighter through city streets and highways to its new home at the B-36 Peacemaker Museum near Meacham Airport. The plane, with nicknames like “Dorito” and “UFO,” was developed by General Dynamics in Fort Worth but never built. But thanks to some aviation friends, the mock-up of the A-12A Avenger Stealth Fighter is expected to emerge with a fresh coat of paint at the B-36 Peacemaker Museum near Meacham Airport.

The mock-up of the two-engine fighter with no rudder is the only thing that’s left of the A-12A Avenger program, which was under development in Fort Worth until 1991.

The A12-A Avenger was built as a two-seat, two engine, carrier-based medium fighter for air-to-air, air-to-ground, all-weather, or night attack. It was equipped with a pair of turbofan engines, each developing about 13,000 pounds of thrust according to reports.

The museum’s supporters are hoping to raise $6,000 to paint and renovate the aircraft. It will be parked at the back of the museum until it is ready for display.

The Avenger will join the museum’s showcase aircraft, including an F-111 and an F/A-18 Blue Angel.

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