New DPS plane named for slain Texas Ranger Doherty

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 6:41 PM

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.

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