Painter resets vet jet at Dixon’s veterans park

Bob Balayti of Balayti Painting works on sprucing up the Vietnam era jet Wednesday, May 8, 2024, on display at Veterans Memorial Park in Dixon. Balayti, a Navy veteran himself, is volunteering his time for the project.

Looking to bring it back to its former glory, Bob Balayti is volunteering his time to add a coat of paint to the Vietnam War-era warbird on display at Dixon Veterans Memorial Park.

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Alex Paschal

Alex T. Paschal

Photojournalist/columnist for Sauk Valley Media