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Keesler Names Two Aircraft For Biloxi, Gulfport

The cities of Biloxi and Gulfport now have their own airplanes, courtesy of Keesler Air Force Base.

To recognize the special bond between the two cities and the base, Keesler named two aircraft after the cities.

Representing Mayor A.J. Holloway, Biloxi Recreation Director Nathan Sullivan unveiled the Spirit of Biloxi - a Flying Jenny C-130J-30.

The Spirit of Gulfport is on the side of a Hurricane Hunter 130-J airplane. Mayor Brent Warr did the honors of unveiling the city logo.

Sullivan and Warr say their cities have a long relationship with the base.

"It is very special because for years and years we've enjoyed a very special relationship with Keesler and it's a true honor to have them honor our city this way by naming an aircraft after our city," Sullivan said.

"We depend on the data that's collected in these missions. It's nice. It almost feels like a little sense of closure on the storm, getting to see something beautiful named after the city that we probably wouldn't have had happen if it weren't for Katrina," Warr said.

The planes will be stationed at Keesler. Sullivan and Warr received plaques bearing a picture of the planes and facts about each one.

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