The super sonic fighter jet that calls the Panama City Marina it's home is on it's way to retirement.
The F101 that towers over the Memorial Walkway is in much needed repair. Unfortunately, the cost to the city may reach the thousands. Therefore, city officials have decided to throw the jet a retirement ceremony.
Commissioner Billy Rader says the cost became too cumbersome for the city and was left out of the plans for the marina. Visitors and those who frequent the park say the icon will be missed.
"We come by every once in a while, for the boat parade, Fourth of July, and sometimes if it's a nice day, we just walk down here." Richard Teeter says.
"I think it's great to have them. It means a lot, because I've had uncles in the military and so they're fighting for us and they've done it for years." Mary Thomas says.
Although no official plans have been set, a base out of Ohio says they're interested in the jet.
The Community Redevelopment Agency and Panama City Commission assured us a proper farewell would be conducted, one that includes service men and veterans from our military bases.