Kestrel brings composite turboprop to Maine

Posted Dec. 16, 2010, at 6:42 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — An aircraft maker that intends to build a plant on Brunswick Naval Air Station property has brought a composite airplane to Maine.

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority says a JP-10 carbon composite turboprop business aircraft landed Thursday on one of the twin 8,000-foot runways.

Kestrel Aircraft Co. plans to manufacture the JP-10 in Brunswick after the base closes, investing $100 million and employing as many as 300 people.

The Navy granted special permission for the Kestrel to land so the company can proceed with its development plans. The base doesn’t close until next year.