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Published August 03, 2011, 09:40 PM

Cobra helicopter making new home in Breckenridge

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - A piece of history will now be part of the Breckenridge community, a decades old Cobra attack helicopter. It came all the way from Washington state and arrived last Friday.

To Donate to Restore the Helicopter, Call 218-643-1431

These concrete slabs may not look like much now but soon there will be an exciting new centerpiece for the Veterans Memorial Park here in Breckenridge. This 44 year-old Cobra Attack helicopter has been through more than imaginable. Fighting in Vietnam and being damaged by three different ground fires. The idea to bring the gunship to town came from chief of police Nate Harder and Mayor Cliff Barth.

Cliff Barth – Breckenridge Mayor: β€œIt's something that kind of sets the city of Breckenridge aside for hey we got this Cobra helicopter that is sitting here in town you can come look at it, it is historical actually helicopter it has been in Vietnam and stuff so, I think its great to have something in our city to recognize us by.”

The project has been almost fully funded by community donations. Businesses in the community are also donating the paint and supplies to restore the giant war machine. With all this help Mayor Barth said this diamond in the ruff will be sparkling in no time at the new Veterans Memorial Park.

The Cobra attack helicopter will be stored at the law enforcement impound center until it is ready to be installed. No estimated time has been given as to when the project will be completed.