☷KC 135 Operations Resume at Reopened Sioux City Runway
National Guard ( By Press Release office)
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SIOUX CITY , Iowa – Military aircraft operations returned to the Sioux City airport this week with the completion of a substantial runway improvement project . While the construction was underway , Iowa Air National Guard members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing and some of the unit’s KC - 135 Stratotankers departed as part of an aviation deployment package in late April . After their return in midsummer , the deployed jets joined the rest of the unit’s aircraft at ANG bases in Topeka , Kansas , and later , in Sioux Falls , South Dakota , as construction co......ntinued . During their time away , Iowa Air Guard members continued to provide air refueling support for domestic operations while operating remotely . The return of the aircraft brings a much - anticipated return to “normal” for aircraft maintainers and aircrew who have had a hefty commute the past several months . Master Sgt . Mike Caswell , 185th ARW flight chief , said he made many trips from Sioux City to Topeka . During the drive , Caswell said he battled run - ins with deer , flat tires and other hazards on the weekly four - hour road trip . “We can’t wait to have them back , ” Caswell said , “It has been a long summer . We are so glad to have them home!”While there was minimal disruption of commercial air traffic in Sioux City , the extensive construction closed the longer of the two runways at the airport , which the big KC - 135 aircraft use . Airport officials said construction crews replaced 200 feet of overrun on both ends of the 9 , 000 - foot runway and 20 - foot - wide shoulders on both sides . The workers also replaced runway lighting with LED lighting that should improve “visual flying” as aircraft approach the runway . Concrete was also repaired around one of the arresting cables . The runway has two cables as a precaution for aircraft emergencies involving military fighter jets . The project also involved extensive crack and spall repair , with thousands of damaged areas mended . The return of the aircraft to Sioux City comes none too soon , as the unit must meet readiness and mobility requirements . The refueling wing is immediately rolling into a major aircraft generation exercise as part of regular operational requirements and the air refueling mission .
24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )
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