Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Airstrip expansion decision nears

BAY MINETTE, Ala. - A decision should be made soon on which Baldwin County airstrips will be expanded to handle new Navy training aircraft. Jay Cope, spokesman for Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., said at a Baldwin County Commission meeting that studies are continuing on which two Baldwin outlying fields will get between 500 and 1,500 additional feet of runway. Whiting, which trains military pilots, has eight outlying fields in the region. The Navy is switching from T-34 Turbo Mentors to T-6B Texan aircraft, which need longer runways to operate. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/21/10)