Moving day in Tishomingo

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- A community came together to honor a hero in Tishomingo Friday morning. Practically the whole town was on the street to watch the spectacle and honor a local legend. Robin Beal reports.

If you happened to drive through Tishomingo on Friday and worried your eyes were playing tricks on you, don't worry- that was an F1-11 fighter jet you saw rolling down Main Street.

It was part of a carefully orchestrated moving day. The plane is one that was flown by a local boy -- Smokey Tolbert. He was a decorated navy pilot who flew with the Blue Angels and even served in Vietnam, and was shot down not once, not twice, but three times. That third time, sadly, would be the last time he flew as far as anyone knows.

Friday’s ceremony served a practical purpose as well though. They needed to get the plane from the campus of Murray State College to the memorial, where it will now be located permanently.

It was a very special day for a lot of people, especially our veterans.

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  • by Citizen Location: Mill Creek on Apr 21, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    The entire Mill Creek School came out also. Way to go Mill Creek in supporting. Your a great school.
  • by Blue Angel family member Location: Arizona on Apr 19, 2008 at 05:52 PM
    Most likely, the plane is an F-11, which is what Smokey flew in the Blue Angels. The "F1-11" in the article is likely a typo.
  • by JAIME Location: ARDMORE on Apr 19, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Where did the idea come from that the Tish plane is an F111....?
  • by Mom Location: Tish on Apr 18, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    Way to go. We have a great war memorial here in town. Everybody should come by and visit. Just turn south on Capital and head toward the creek.
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