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Fighter jets to be on display at Blue Grass Airport

With the Keeneland grandstand in the background, Lt. Jason Heath and Cmdr. Tim Hill performed a touch-and-go at Blue Grass Airport on Friday.
With the Keeneland grandstand in the background, Lt. Jason Heath and Cmdr. Tim Hill performed a touch-and-go at Blue Grass Airport on Friday.

Two Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets that recently returned to the United States after being deployed off the coast of Afghanistan flew into Lexington on Friday afternoon.

This time, their mission has nothing to do with war.

The four pilots aboard are in town to give presentations to children, ages 10 through 16, at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport.

The free, hourlong presentations about naval aviation will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no registration. There is room for about 75 attendees each day, museum volunteer Jerry Landreth said.

The jets are based at the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia and travel on the aircraft carrier Harry S Truman when on deployment.

Western Kentucky native Tim Hill is commander of the unit, Squadron VFA-32. The other squadron members visiting Lexington are Lt. Rich Parisi, Lt. Cliff Sovich and Lt. Jason Heath.

"This is the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation," Landreth said, referring to the Navy's yearlong celebration.

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