Military aircraft stop at Arkansas Aeroplex

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 8:25 PM CST
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Members of the United States Air Force in Little Rock and Louisiana landed aircraft on the Arkansas Aeroplex on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The airmen used B52 and C130 bomber planes to practice exercises for people to see.

Arkansas Aeroplex President Barrett Harrison said the Air Force chose Blytheville because of the Christmas tree-shaped runway and taxiway.

“We have the runway and the taxiway and ramp space that they need to accommodate B-52s,” Harrison said.

Air Force Captain Joseph Okai said he felt honored to perform the exercises on a historic airbase.

“You can see the pride this community has in this base and what the history the base has to do with,” Captain Okai said. “I’m honored to be doing my small part.”

After landing, the airmen took a tour viewing what Arkansas Aeroplex had to offer, including the Blytheville AFB Exhibition which displays the history of the airbase.

The aircraft will make its return to Blytheville the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 12.

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