Mission Preservation Complete!

With restoration complete, the U.S. Navy A7E Corsair on display at Edwardsville Township Park will be raised back to its display pylon by Keller Construction on Thursday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m. The restoration is the culmination of a multi-year project to restore the historic aircraft, which had remained on the pylon since it was originally installed in Township Park…

A-7E Corsair II Removal – Photos and Videos

Below you can find images and videos from the May 15, 2017 lowering of the A-7E Corsair II at Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Park. This action was the first step in restoring the airplane to its display ready condition.    

Media Roundup: A-7E Removal and Restoration

The A-7E Corsair II, on display at Robert C. Stille Township Park since 1991 was removed from its pedestal on Monday in preparation for its restoration by the Flight Deck Veterans Group.  Below you can find a collection of recent media coverage from local (and national!) outlets concerning the airplane, its lowering, and the entire renovation project. If you wish to learn more…

Edwardsville Township to Lower U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair from Pedestal: Restoration work to begin this summer!

WHO:              Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles and Keller Construction WHEN:            Monday, May 15, 2017, at 7:00 am WHERE:         Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville WHAT:            The U.S. Navy A7E Corsair on display at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville     Township Community Park will be lowered from the display pylon by Keller Construction so…

The Airplane in Photos

Why does the plane need restored?

These pictures show the corrosion, the chipped paint, and the faded markings on the U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair II. We would like to bring the plane back to the condition in which it should be kept to honor the men and women in our community who served and continue to serve our Nation. The pictures below were taken Monday May 23, 2016.

Pictures of the plane as of 5/19/2014.

Delivery and Installation of the plane in 1991.

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Video of the dedication of the U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair II.

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Tell us your story!

The Edwardsville Township recently signed a contract with the Flight Deck Veterans Group to restore the U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair II located at Edwardsville Township Community Park. Now that we are getting ready to complete the restoration project, we need your help! We need you to tell us your story. What is your connection with our A-7 Corsair? What memories…

Edwardsville Township Approves Contract for Aircraft Restoration

On October 26, 2016, Township Supervisor Frank Miles announced that the Township Board has approved a contract for the restoration of the historic U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair II on display at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park. The Township Board approved a contract with the Flight Deck Veterans Group, a nationwide nonprofit organization based in Tennessee that restores…


Mark your calendars for Saturday October 15, 2016! Global Brew will be hosting The Beer & Chili Festival at the Edwardsville Township Community Park, Airplane Park. The festival is a community event that will contain an area to taste all of Global Brew’s fall taps, listen to great live music, taste local restaurants chili recipes and vote on your favorite, and…


We wanted to give a huge shout out to the sponsors of MISSION PRESERVATION! Since the kick off of our fundraising to complete the restorations of the A-7E Corsair II, we have generously received donations from organizations across Madison County and beyond. The list below is in no particular order. The Malawy Team Marine Coin Company Edwardsville McDonald’s Mathis, Marifian…