"Spirit of Hodges"

"Spirit of Hodges" (HM1IZF)

Location: Hodges, AL 35571 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 20.131', W 87° 55.882'

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The Town of Hodges held a war bond auction in the month of January 1943. The proceeds amounted to about $47,000. As an award, the war department allowed Hodges to name a P-51 Mustang Fighter aircraft. She was named "The Spirit of Hodges." The plane was built by the North American Aviation Company and was modified in Birmigham, Alabama. The P-51's were a long range, single seated aircraft. It flew most of its wartime missions as a bomber escort in raids over Germany and was used against the Japanese in the Pacific. It is not clear if the "Spirit of Hodges" plane was shot down or if she came back to the United States. On October 11, 2007 the Town of Hodges celebrated its 100th birthday. The Hodges Historical Committee formed its first festival and once again honored the "P-51" by using her as the theme for the celebration.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Hodges
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Date Added Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 414328 N 3799751
Decimal Degrees34.33551667, -87.93136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 20.131', W 87° 55.882'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 20' 7.86" N, 87° 55' 52.92" W
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Area Code(s)205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2250-2460 AL-172, Hodges AL 35571, US
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