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Welding students participate in restoration project

  Barry Tech students look at a plane's underbelly
Barry Tech students get a look at the project they will be working on.

Barry Tech Welding students, under the guidance of their teacher Paul Iannotta, and American Airpower Museum volunteers, took measurements of the historic F-105 plane’s wheel wells and other areas as the first step in a unique project. The class has been charged with fabricating metal screens to prevent birds from flying and nesting in critical areas of the historic F-105 jet.

The group visited the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale for the initial phase of the project. The F-105, which is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, was the first single engine jet to break the sound barrier in level flight. Many F-105’s were built nearly 60 years ago right on the airfield where the Farmingdale museum is housed.