Armstrong plane set for restoration

WAPAKONETA — An experimental aircraft flown by astronaut Neil Armstrong is going on a journey across Ohio so that the 60-year-old plane can be restored.

The rare aircraft has been a fixture at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in the western Ohio city of Wapakoneta where Armstrong grew up.

But the plane known as an F5D Skylancer is now in need of a makeover.

Crews on Tuesday will load the plane onto a truck and drive it across northern Ohio to Copley where it will undergo a restoration.

Both the cockpit and the exterior of the plane will be restored.

Armstrong flew the plane as part of a NASA program that set out to build reusable space planes before the manned Mercury flights.

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