Dwight 'Red' Singleton
Florissant, MO (KSDK) - There are quite a few people off work Monday as we continue to honor our veterans, but a day off doesn't mean a day of rest for everyone.
A Boeing employee has spent every bit of his vacation time working on a fighter jet. Dwight 'Red' Singleton is not a veteran himself, but said helping to spruce up the F-101 Voodoo fighter jet in Florissant Valley Park was his own call to duty.
The jet was vandalized several months ago, and the City of Florissant called Boeing for help, and it dispatched Singleton to help.
Singleton recruited a team of volunteers to sand, paint and repair the jet. Singleton put in a lot of time for what he calls a labor of love.
"About 50 hours of my own vacation time that I used up here," he said. "I basically showed up here every day after work, Saturdays and Sundays."
The jet did not see any combat, but was used for training at various military bases. It was retired more than 20 years ago and initially put on display in Texas before making the permanent move to Florissant in 2004.
Police arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the vandalism in May.