Plane ready for retirement

April 7, 2008 5:00:38 AM PDT
After a 25-year career, an Air National Guard veteran is ready for retirement.

But it's not a case of a pilot calling it quits.

After 7,000 hours in the air, the longest flying F-16 fighter jet will be grounded for good later this year.

Vermont Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel T.J. Jackman was at the controls on a recent flight, when the "Lethal Lady" turned over 7,000 hours.

He says the fighter's longevity is a tribute to the ground crews that have kept it flying.

Jackman flew the "Lethal Lady" on three tours in Iraq.

The plane is scheduled to be scrapped, but some are calling for it to go into a museum collection.