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Futenma Air Station runway reopens following repairs

Date Posted: 2010-04-15

Fixed wing aircraft are again flying from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station’s runway following a closure for maintenance.

The runway was closed January 10th for runway repairs that included rubber removal, sealing of concrete joints, repair or replacement of concrete sections, regrooving and repainting. Marine Corps officials said the repairs “were part of a routine but necessary maintenance needed due to typical degradation of the runway over time and daily use.”

While repairs were being accomplished, Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft stationed at Futenma operated out of Kadena Air Base. The fixed wing planes assigned to Futenma—KC-130, UC-35 and UC-12 aircraft—began returning to the Ginowan City base on Monday.

The Marine Corps, in announcing the Futenma runway reopening, said “safety is paramount for the Marine Corps, and regular runway maintenance ensures that MCAS Futenma can do its part in support of the U.S. – Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, as well as its role as a United Nations airfield.

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