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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