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Published April 15, 2012, 04:46 PM

Grand Forks Base Hosts Visiting Aircraft For Storm

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Base officials say 16 aircraft from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., were moved to the Grand Forks base Saturday in advance of a severe storm.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Refueling tankers have returned to the Grand Forks Air Force Base — but only to wait out a storm.

Base officials say 16 aircraft from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., were moved to the Grand Forks base Saturday in advance of a severe storm.

A reported tornado Saturday evening in Wichita caused damage at McConnell.

The Grand Forks base was home to refueling tankers for 50 years until the 2005 federal base closing and realignment commission changed its mission to unmanned aircraft.

There was other increased air traffic at the Grand Forks base over the weekend. Eight aircraft carrying 37 personnel from the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., also took refuge from the storm in Grand Forks.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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