Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reserve base gets new plane

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Marine Corps is updating its fleet of small transport airplanes and has designated a newly formed squadron at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse as home for the first two of the new aircraft. The first UC-12W Huron arrived Tuesday morning and the second is expected to arrive at the air station later this week. The "Whiskey" model replaces the older UC-12Bs. The Marines have purchased six of the airplanes from Hawker Beechcraft for $8 million each. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/11/10)