The city of Enid, Okla., is considering building a joint-use hangar at Enid Woodring Regional Airport to enhance the mission at Vance Air Force Base, located 10 miles away.
Vance routinely uses the local airport for training, as well as aircraft diversions, explained the Enid News and Eagle. Air Force aircraft routinely stay overnight; the hangar space would protect them, as well as civilian aircraft, from severe weather.
Grants from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission would pay for much of the planned $561,050 hangar. The city would be responsible for only $228,050. Last month, the Vance Development Authority voted to recommend the city support the project.
“Of all the projects we have done, other than purchasing land, this might be the best joint project,” Michael Cooper, Enid’s military liaison, told the Enid News. “If we save one plane [from storm damage], this will more than pay for the project,” added Cooper, who also chairs the development authority.