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Springfield Airport in Line For Possible New Runway Site

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is eyeing the Springfield-Beckley Airport as a site for a new runway to be used for training involving the C-17 aircraft.

Base officials say Springfield Airport would be an ideal location to use for C-17 cargo transport training out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  The news comes as the base has been looking to cut costs.  As of now, the C-17 training missions fly out of state to hold assault training exercises.

U.S. Representative Steve Austria announced in a press release that no final agreement has been made regarding the runway, but if the project gets a green light, it will be funded through the Air Force's budget.

The Springfield Airport already has been given the green light on a two major projects.  The Air National Guard, currently at the airport, will handle operations of the unmanned MQ-One Predator and will work on a new data project for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

No timetable has been set for final approval of the runway project.