2017-08-12 / Top News

Military C-130 Transport Aircraft Flies Above Area on Training Mission


At left: A military C-130 transport aircraft made several low-level passes above St. Ignace Sunday evening, August 6, as part of a training flight in the ongoing Exercise Northern Strike. The plane is pictured here while flying above St. Ignace Township with wispy trails of black exhaust coming from its four engines. At left: A military C-130 transport aircraft made several low-level passes above St. Ignace Sunday evening, August 6, as part of a training flight in the ongoing Exercise Northern Strike. The plane is pictured here while flying above St. Ignace Township with wispy trails of black exhaust coming from its four engines. People on Mackinac Island and St. Ignace who looked skyward at about 6 p.m. Sunday, August 6, had front row seats to watch as a four-engine military C-130 Hercules transport aircraft made several passes above St. Ignace and Lake Huron. The low-level training flight was conducted as part of the ongoing Exercise Northern Strike training operations being conducted right now in northern Michigan.

Lt. Andrew Layton of Michigan Air National Guard told The St. Ignace News that Exercise Northern Strike began Saturday, July 29, and will continue through Friday, August 11. The exercise involves more than 6,000 military personnel from all branches of the United States armed forces plus international troops from all across the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Latvia, and Poland. Training missions and flights in relation to the exercise are occurring throughout northern Michigan and parts of the Upper Peninsula with locations used including the Alpena Combat Training Readiness Center and Camp Grayling.

Lt. Layton said he is pleased the military is able to conduct important training exercises in the area. Exercise Northern Strike takes advantage of isolated areas to offer the military a rare chance for non-desert training, running simulated combat search and rescue missions and close air support ones designed for integration between ground troops and air crews. More flights into Upper Peninsula airspace are planned for later this week and can be expected through Friday, August 11.

In addition to training, Mackinac County Airport manager Paul Fullerton said the C- 130 was also in the area in response to an emergency locator transmitter activation from a private airplane at the airport. The beacons are designed to activate in the event of an incident, but a rare malfunction occurred Sunday that saw one turn on inside a safe, parked airplane at the airport. It was quickly deactivated once discovered.

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