Golden Triangle Regional Airport Supports Hurricane Relief
By Mike Hainsey, Golden Triangle Regional Airport

Chinooks staging on the way to Florida

The GTR Airport was a busy place as aviation organizations throughout the country mobilized in the face of Hurricane Irma.  Located far enough from the storm’s destructive path, the airport provided both shelter for aircraft escaping the hurricane and a staging area for aircraft mobilizing to help with the relief efforts.

“We have several agreements with aviation units in the southern U.S. to provide shelter in the storm,” Executive Director Mike Hainsey commented.

B-17 Bomber

In this case, some of the most interesting aircraft included a B-17 bomber and an F-4U Corsair that escaped central Florida the day prior to the storm.  In the aftermath, several helicopter units from Fort Campbell, KY, staged through GTR on their way to help with the disaster.  Nineteen UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters were followed the next day by seven CH-47 Chinooks en route to Florida for disaster relief.

GTR is also working with The Ninety-Nines, Inc., the International Organization of Women Pilots, to help set up a resupply relay that allows people to donate their aircraft to fly time-critical supplies to the disaster area.

“We were glad to be able to support in any way possible,” said Hainsey.  “When something like this happens, we all pull together to help.”