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Idaho Air National Guard honors Boise, Meridian with ‘nose art’

The paintings on the noses of fighter planes are the legendary stuff of history. Today’s planes have more restrictions, but on Friday the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing unveiled nose art on two of its A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft.

Meridian Mayor Tammy DeWeerd unveiled the “Pride of Meridian” and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Master Sgt. Earl Crockett pulled the cover off the “Pride of Boise.”

“You take pride in your aircraft,” said Crockett, who has been the plane’s crew chief since 2006 and has been with the plane in two war zones. “You put (the logo) on the aircraft, you show a little more pride.”

The art is a visible way for the Idaho Air Guard to show its appreciation to the cities that have provided support over the years, said Col. Sherrie McCandless, 124th Fighter Wing commander. More communities are expected to be honored on aircraft in the future.

“This is our way of thanking these communities and to let citizens know just how important their support has been and will be as we look to our future,” McCandless said.