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Refurbished military jet makes return to Winnipeg’s Woodhaven Park

A refurbished and repainted RCAF T-33 military jet is being erected at Woodhaven Park in St. James. Julie Campbell / Global News

A bright red Canadian military plane is soaring over Woodhaven Park in St. James once again.

The Royal Canadian Air Force T-33 jet was gifted to the city of St. James in 1967.

The refurbished jet was remounted on its pedestal at Woodhaven Park and is accompanied by an informational panel.

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“The T-33 jet has been a striking feature and landmark in St. James for the last 52 years for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Brian Bowman at its unveiling on Sunday.

The refurbishment of the plane included using a crane to lift the 7,000-pound aircraft from its pedestal.

The aluminum skin and steel mounting arms of the plane were repaired, along with some re-decaling and re-painting to RCAF standards.

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“The RCAF has a long and storied history with our city, and the work that the men and women of the RCAF do to protect our freedoms and way of life is extraordinary,”  said Transcona city councillor, Shawn Nason.

The price tag of the refurbished plane is $180,000.

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