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Clarkson engineer students take look at plans for plane display

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BRASHER FALLS - Clarkson University engineering students have given their thoughts on how a proposed A-4 Skyhawk plane display in Brasher Falls should be mounted.

Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said he had recently met with the students, who were asked to determine what kind of a base would best be suited for the display.

He said one of the options the students had recommended was to use a steel column with a concrete base and concrete foundation. It would be an 18 x 18 reinforced concrete pedestal to support the plane.

If organizers James Kelley, David MacMillan and Gene Cummings are able to secure a plane, it would be dismantled at its point of origin, shipped in a truck and then readied by the men for display in the town. It would have no engine and weighs between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds. They would need an area large enough to cover its overall length of 36 feet.

Plans are to put it across from the Brasher Municipal Building.

For now, the recommendation from the Clarkson students won’t be implemented until the project moves forward, Mr. Dawson said.

“I talked to Jim Kelley and said let’s get the plane before we start going anywhere else,” he said.

The group has set a goal of $75,000 to land the Vietnam-era plan for display in Brasher Falls. They hope to display the plane on the banks of the St. Regis River, across from the Brasher Municipal Building, as a tribute to area veterans.

They’re working with Munson “Sid” Snedeker, another Brasher Falls native and 1954 graduate of Massena High School, who spent a career in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in October 1981.

Mr. Snedeker and his wife, Ginger, own and operate G&S Warbirds, which can help individuals or groups locate planes and help find someone to ferry them to another location.

The A-4 Skyhawk was a carrier-capable ground-attack aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. It was capable of delivering nuclear weapons using a low altitude bombing system and played a key role in the Vietnam War.

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