AUSTIN -- The newest airplane being used by the Department of Public Safety carries the name of a Texas Ranger slain in the line of duty 35 years ago.
DPS on Thursday commissioned the high-tech Pilatus PC-12 NG at a ceremony in Austin. The aircraft is named for Texas Ranger Bobby Paul Doherty.
DPS says Doherty was gunned down in February 1978 while making a drug arrest in Argyle. He was stationed at Fort Worth.
The Pilatus can carry two pilots and up to seven passengers. It has an infrared color video camera, a computer mapping system and state-of-the-art radios.
The Bobby Doherty will be stationed in San Antonio to assist law enforcement agencies along the Texas border with Mexico.