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Nellis Air Force Base unveils Vegas Strong fighter jet

NAFB unveils Vegas Strong fighter jet
Posted at 6:22 AM, Nov 06, 2017

A fighter jet at Nellis Air Force Base has a new look.

The F-15 has been repainted to honor the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1.

The plane features the words "Vegas Strong" and symbols of Las Vegas.

Originally, the plane was going to pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Air Force. However, when tragedy struck, the base knew it needed to do something more.

"It really makes us a lot prouder of the work we've been asked to do," Senior Airman Brittany Galloway said.

Airmen at the base, along with several civilians, have been working on the plane for three weeks. 

"We wanted to bring about something that would bring us together to the community," Galloway said.

All of the designs on the jet are original. Galloway and the team spent weeks coming up with different ideas to represent both the Air Force and Vegas Strong.

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"From start to finish this has been an exciting process," said Troy Blaschko, who works with the Corrosion Team.

The team also used recycled material for the project. Jets are commonly repainted to help with any corrosion. 

The plane will be on display this weekend during Aviation Nation, which is NAFB's annual open house. Click here for information about the open house.

Teams from Creech Air Force Base and Nellis Air Force Base have been working to make sure this year's Aviation Nation event is spectacular. 

We will be bringing you more details on this plane and the Aviation Nation show in our on-air and digital coverage throughout this week. 13 Action News will also be broadcasting live from the air show this weekend.