Editor’s note: Landing the spy plane at Beale also will benefit our county, where airmen go for “R&R,” including our historic downtowns.
“The MC-12W spy plane mission will be based at Beale Air Force Base, bringing hundreds of new airmen and greater economic impact to the surrounding region,’ according to the Marysville Appeal Democrat.
“‘This should be a shot in the arm for the Yuba-Sutter area economically,’ said U.S. Rep. Wally Herger, R-Chico, whose office announced the mission’s placement Friday. ‘We are so excited.’
“With the first plane arriving in May, by July the base will have up to seven of 37 total ‘Liberty’ planes, while the others are deployed elsewhere. The planes fly at low and medium altitudes for reconnaissance and spy missions and are piloted, unlike the Global Hawks also based at Beale.
“The mission will require 555 enlisted airmen, and Herger said he would expect it will require new civilian support staff as well.”
The rest of the article is here.
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