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Clemens Jets ink deal to display real jet on campus

A TF-9J Cougar similar to the one pictured is due to be refurbished and put on display at James Clemens High School. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) A TF-9J Cougar similar to the one pictured is due to be refurbished and put on display at James Clemens High School. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
A display jet has been on the school's wish list since they adopted the name Jets as their moniker. A display jet has been on the school's wish list since they adopted the name Jets as their moniker.
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

The James Clemens Jets could soon become home to an actual jet.

The high school may soon have a military jet on-campus, thanks to a deal that could check off a long-standing item on the school's wish list.

The Madison City Board of Education approved a deal to receive a TF-9J aircraft from the Pensacola FL Naval Aviation Museum. The plane is currently housed in a surplus lot outside the Veterans Museum in Huntsville.

The approved plan includes the refurbishment of the jet to make it suitable for display purposes in front of the school.

Clemens JROTC leader Col. Courtney Taylor negotiated the transfer of the aircraft on terms of a ‘permanent loan,' essentially providing the jet to the school at no charge. Efforts to acquire a jet began when the school was first built and Jets was selected as its moniker.

The TF-9J, or Cougar, flew in numerous military missions and became part of the Navy's elite demonstration flying team, the Blue Angels.

The jet will be displayed in the roundabout at the main entrance to the school. Pending Navy approval, plans call for the jet to be displayed with the Blue Angels color scheme.

School officials said completion of the project will depend on the pace of donations. A local company has agreed to donate the use of its hangar for restoration and preparation.

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