September 20, 2017
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Civilian planes begin using former Maine Navy base

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Aircraft are once again landing at Maine’s Brunswick Naval Air Station, but these are civilian airplanes — not military aircraft.

Saturday marks the opening of the Brunswick Executive Airport, a general aviation hub that’s key to efforts to redevelop the base.

Steve Levesque of the Midcoast Regional Development Authority says the airport will be used by Kestrel Aircraft Co. and other corporations setting up shop in Brunswick. It’ll also be open for use by private pilots.

In a way, it’s a return to the airport’s roots. Levesque says that long before the Navy arrived the site served as the state’s first civilian airport in the 1920s.

Massachusetts-based Flight Level Aviation will provide services for the new airport. The closing ceremony for Brunswick Naval Air Station is on May 31.

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