Look out across the airfield at Tampa International Airport in the coming weeks and you may see something you don’t always see: Military aircraft.
Two KC-135 Stratotankers and three C-37A aircraft are being parked and serviced at the general aviation facility operated by Landmark Aviation at TPA for the next two months while MacDill Air Force Base undergoes scheduled airfield maintenance requiring the closure of its runway.
With MacDill less than 10 miles away, the two airports have enjoyed a positive working relationship for years and have a connection that dates back to the 1940s when Tampa International was still government-operated Drew Field and more than 120,000 combat air troops trained here.
Today, Tampa International Airport frequently functions as a service and refueling site for military aircraft or when tower operations are not available at MacDill. The temporary relocation of flight operations occurs only once every few years, when more extensive maintenance closes the MacDill airfield.
“We are always pleased to assist in support of the military and the MacDill mission at Tampa International Airport”, said Robert Burr, Director of Operations. “Their limited relocation of aircraft to Tampa International Airport can be accommodated into our operations with minimal effect and the MacDill group is always great to work with.”
Landmark Aviation will fulfill MacDill’s aircraft service requirements during the relocation.
"When I asked permission to temporarily relocate a handful of our aircraft to Tampa International, the response was resoundingly positive. The men and women of MacDill call Tampa an ‘Air Force Town.’. You can see why," Colonel Lenny Richoux, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base.
To see photos of the KC-135 Stratotankers, please follow the link: http://www.macdill.af.mil/photos/mediagallery.asp?galleryID=1316
Comprehensive factsheets for the KC-135 and other military aircraft can be found here: http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=110