The U.S. Marines, in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, will conduct several aircraft operations involving helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft over the Phoenix metropolitan area as part of Marine Week planned activities. Several of the operations will include helicopter landings at area high schools and high performance aircraft flyovers at public events. The aircraft will be based at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport when not in use and can be viewed at the public viewing park located at 5835 S. Sossaman Road, according to a press release.
Expected aircraft participation include:
- ·F/A-18C ‘Super Hornet’
- ·KC-130J ‘Hercules’
- ·H-1Y ‘Venom’ (Huey)
- ·H-1Z ‘Viper’ (Cobra)
- ·MV-22B ‘Osprey’
The operations, which will vary in aircraft participation, will take place:
· 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, near First Street and Jefferson in Phoenix
· 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Basha High School in Chandler
· 9-10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Buckeye Union High School in Buckeye
· 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix
· 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 11, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
· 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Chase Field in Phoenix
· 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe
· 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
· 1-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, near irst Street and Jefferson in Phoenix
East Valley residents should expect low-flying military operations as aircraft arrive and depart Gateway Airport. Concerned residents can call the Airport Authority’s noise complaint line at 480-929-7902.
About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
The Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 35 cities via Allegiant and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley. For more information, visit www.phxmesagateway.org.
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