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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2011


    June 1, 2011

    OCVTS Students Restore Historic F4 Phantom Jet
    Jean Sullivian, June 1, 2011

    Caption: OCVTS Aviation Aerospace Technology students restore an F4 Phantom jet at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

    LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY What is the best way to present the required curriculum for the Aviation Aerospace Technology Program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) and peek students’ interest? OCVTS Aviation Instructor Mark Lamb came up with an interesting lesson plan for a chapter regarding repairs and maintenance of an aircraft’s exterior. The Program is located on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst and Mr. Lamb teamed up with the Navy Lakehurst Heritage Center to help in the restoration of an F4 Phantom jet.

    Sixteen Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) students were recently recognized by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their outstanding achievements at the 2011 SkillsUSA State Competitions. The students received First Place gold medals in their career area competitions, which took place in Somerset, New Jersey, in early April. They had each qualified for the state competition through their excellent performances at the regional competition level, held earlier this year. The gold medal winners, and their advisors, will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, on June 20th, to compete in national competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

    According to a statement prepared by Mr. Lamb’s students, “The F-4 has been on display for 10 years along the roadside on the base. It has been weather beaten and neglected, leaving the plane in disrepair. The US Navy donated the plane to the Navy Lakehurst Heritage Center and students from the OCVTS Aviation Aerospace Technology program have helped with the restoration. Mark Lamb’s afternoon session has been restoring the F-4 J to its former glory. We have been repairing and replacing sheet metal on the F-4J and we helped members of the Heritage Center mark the jet to look like the USS Constellation, which was part of an elite fighter squadron during the Vietnam War. All projects completed on the F-4J Phantom II have been in accordance with the Aviation Technology curriculum. Now that the restoration of the F-4J is complete it will be towed back to its viewing spot at the airpark on the joint base and will be on display for the general public to appreciate.”

    According to Ron Montgomery, of Whiting, Curator for the Heritage Center and Restoration Coordinator, “We are planning a POW Remembrance Day in the Fall. This jet will be dedicated to the air crews lost in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. We are so happy with the final outcome. The students have been a great help in restoring this jet. We hope to work together on more projects in the future.”

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