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Hannibal looks to get Learjet for bicentennial

The city of Hannibal is hoping to land a piece of history as part of its bicentennial celebration.

The city is looking for a Learjet to put at its regional airport.

That’s because William Lear, its inventor, was born in Hannibal in 1902.

The city says it’s not looking for a flight-worthy jet but something that can be placed out at the entrance to the airport for display.

“What we’d like to do with the Learjet is to draw attention to the history of Hannibal and that William Lear is from Hannibal and it’s not just for our bicentennial but this is for our history to remember for years to come,” said Hannibal Finance Director Karen Burditt.

Burditt says they hope to acquire a Learjet by next spring just in time for the bicentennial celebration.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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