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Iconic aircraft flown by Neil Armstrong coming back to Armstrong Air & Space Museum

Iconic aircraft flown by Neil Armstrong coming back to Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Courtesy: Armstrong Museum's Twitter)

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - An iconic aircraft flown by Neil Armstrong has received extensive restoration, and will be coming back to Wapakoneta beginning Thursday.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum and Ohio History Connection will be welcoming the F5D Skylancer airplane back with a special homecoming event from 4 to 6 p.m. Officials will talk about the restoration process for the aircraft, as well as the history of the plane.

It left the museum in September of last year to be restored in Copley, Ohio, and was brought back to the condition it was in when Armstrong flew the plane for NASA.

The biggest change is the number on the aircraft, which will be changed from 802 to 213.

“Thomarios and ICA have done a wonderful job in transforming the plane back into NASA 213,” Brittany Venturella, the museum's curator, said. “From removing layers of paint on the plane’s exterior to stabilizing and cleaning the cockpit elements, we have discovered new information that allows us to better share the Skylancer’s story.”

The aircraft has been at the museum since it opened in 1972, and NASA transferred ownership oft the Skylancer to the Ohio History Connection in 2017.

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