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The T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets are moved to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 1, 2019
1. The T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets are moved to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport Marker
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After Heritage Halls closed in 2001, the future of the museum was unclear, and the City of Owatonna felt the planes should be moved. The Owatonna airport was the natural and appropriate location for the jets. Buzz Kaplan had spent many hours at this airport flying and restoring antique aircraft. Now, thanks to many people, these planes will be Owatonna's landmark greeting to visitors for many years to come.

The following were major contributors to the effort to relocate the airplanes to the airport:

Owatonna Foundation, Inc.
Cabela's
Tom &Terri Effertz
Federated Insurance Companies
Dale & Wilma Johnson
Kennard & Jean Kaplan
Carol & Elsie Nelson
Dennis & Landon VonRuden
Al & Mary Severson
Wallace & Dorothy Tripp
Don & Marilyn Voss
Ken & Norma Wilcox
Andy & Sara Briggs
Frank T. Lewis
Andrew & Jill Nelson
Aaron Nelson
EAA Chapter 300
City of Owatonna
Jerry & Carol Deetz
Ann & Pat Epps
Jim & MaryAlice Hanson
Betty Allison Kaplan
Kent Kaplan Family
J.D. & Debbie Nelson
Dave & Lynn Seykora
Lonabelle
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Kaplan (Kappie) Spencer
Barbara & Gary Underland
Jerry & Sonja Wenger
Car Nuts Auto Club
Doug Hughes
Dave & Mary Jo Pfiefer
Walmart
Barb & Tony Nowak

 
Erected 2006 by Many citizens and friends of Buzz Kaplan.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 2001.
 
Location. 44° 7.258′ N, 93° 14.876′ W. Marker is in Owatonna, Minnesota, in Steele County. Marker is on West Frontage Road (County Road 23) 0.8 miles north of 26th Street NW, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the entrance to Owatonna Municipal Airport. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3440 West Frontage Road, Owatonna MN 55060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Story of the Three T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets (a few steps from this marker); History of State School Rock Garden (approx. 2.2 miles away); Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children (approx. 2.2 miles away); History of the State School Root Cellar (approx. 2.3 miles away); History of the State Public School Children’s Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rock Island Railway Station 1901 (approx. 2˝ miles away); National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna
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(approx. 2.7 miles away); Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owatonna.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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