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FIGHTER PLANS ARE ON THE MOVE

An internationally famous collection of vintage fighter planes is moving from Falcon Field in Mesa to the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Museum director Ralph Bufano says the institution has purchased all 33 planes in the Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum's collection, plus thousands of related artifacts.

Bufano would not disclose the purchase price. All the planes are in flying condition.

The Museum of Flight is building a $100 million expansion for the Champlin collection on six acres donated by the Boeing Co., Bufano says. The collection will remain in Mesa until the addition is completed.

The museum now has 54 planes from 80 years of aviation history, including the first Air Force One and an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.

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