Kittens born in museum fighter jet stayed for weeks

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Kittens born in museum fighter jet stayed for weeks

Just plane adorable.

A litter of sweet-faced kittens was born inside a vintage fighter jet at a North Carolina airplane museum — and were allowed to stay snuggled inside the aircraft for weeks to keep them protected.

Bill Falls, a volunteer at the Hickory Aviation Museum near Charlotte,  was making his rounds on Oct. 19 when he spotted the squeaky little stowaways inside a 1950s jet.

a kitten inside a jet.
Kittens were born inside a 1950s fighter jet at a museum in North Carolina.
Courtesy Bill Falls
kittens in a fighter jet
The kitties were allowed to stay snuggled inside the aircraft for weeks to keep them protected.
Courtesy Bill Falls

“I saw this furry little head pop up,” Falls, 48, told The Washington Post this week. “And suddenly there was another, then another and another.”

Inside, five kittens were meowing for their mom, Phantom — a feral cat who lives on the museum grounds.

Some of the month-old felines were scurrying around near the tailpipe of the vintage Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star jet, not far from where an engine had been removed, he said.

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The museum’s feral cat, Phantom, and one of her kittens.
Courtesy Bill Falls

“There were kittens jumping all over the place inside,” said Falls, who quickly snapped a photo. “There was a kitten in the front seat, a kitten in the back seat, and kittens rolling in and out of there, climbing all over.”

Museum staffers soon decided to let Phantom raise her babies inside the jet for six weeks to protect them from the coyote-filled surrounding wilderness, he said.

“She chose the Shooting Star for a reason,” Falls said. “Who were we to argue?”

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A volunteer found five 1-month-old kittens inside the vintage fighter vet.
Courtesy Buford Barnett

The museum later said it is seeking animal lovers to adopt the cats.

“One of the cats that roams the airport near the terminal decided to have kittens in the T-33 Shooting Star,” the museum wrote on Facebook. “If anyone is looking for a kitten, please stop by.”

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