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Hodges in Franklin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Spirit of Hodges”

 
 
"Spirit of Hodges" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, January 24, 2015
1. "Spirit of Hodges" Marker
Inscription. The Town of Hodges held a war bond auction in the month of January 1943. The proceeds amounted to about $47,000. As an award, the war department allowed Hodges to name a P-51 Mustang Fighter aircraft. She was named "The Spirit of Hodges." The plane was built by the North American Aviation Company and was modified in Birmingham, Alabama. The P-51 was a long range, single seated aircraft. It flew most of its wartime missions as a bomber escort in raids over Germany and was used against the Japanese in the Pacific. It is not clear if the "Spirit of Hodges" plane was shot down or if she came back to the United States. On October 11, 2007 the Town of Hodges celebrated its 100th birthday. The Hodges Historical Committee formed its first festival and once again honored the "P-51" by using her as the theme for the celebration.
 
Erected 2010 by The Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Hodges.
 
Location. 34° 20.131′ N, 87° 55.882′ W. Marker is in Hodges, Alabama, in Franklin County. Marker is on Alabama Route 172 north of Canyon Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in a small park. Marker is in this post office area: Hodges AL 35571, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within
"Spirit of Hodges" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, January 24, 2015
2. "Spirit of Hodges" Marker
17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Vina (approx. 7.8 miles away); Confederate Veterans Bicentennial Memorial (approx. 13.8 miles away); The First Alabama Cavalry (approx. 13.8 miles away); History of Marion Territory and Marion County Courts (approx. 13.8 miles away); Hamilton, Alabama (approx. 14.1 miles away); Russellville (approx. 16.4 miles away); Historic Roxy Theatre (approx. 16.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Air & SpaceSettlements & SettlersWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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