MIAMI -- A refurbished 41-foot Nike Hercules Missile is headed to Everglades National Park.
Students at George T. Baker Aviation School spent almost two months refurbishing the shell. It will be placed at the park Friday morning.
The Nike Missile was delivered to the school in late August as part of the events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The students sanded, repaired, and re-painted the piece of Cold War history, which will be displayed at the historic Nike Missile Site HM-69, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A press release from the park says this is the first Nike Missile in 33 years to return to a Florida military base. The base was built in south Florida in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis.