PARKERSBURG - The presence of several military helicopters carrying armaments over the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday afternoon raised alarms.
Several concerned citizens contacted The Parkersburg News and Sentinel about the Apache aircraft.
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport manager Terry Moore said he is pleased the helicopters and their cargo plane stopped locally.
Photo by Wayne Towner
Three Apache helicopters fly over downtown Parkersburg Friday afternoon as they head to their new base west of the area, said an official with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.
"The United States Army is transferring the helicopters from a base in the east to a different base to the west," Moore said. "They stopped here for fuel and for their pilots to have lunch."
The locations of the bases were not disclosed.
The 10 helicopters with their weapons were accompanied by a cargo plane for their other equipment and maintenance people.
Five of those helicopters stopped Friday and five others stopped locally about a week ago.
"The Apaches are so loaded down there's only room for the crew," Moore said.
While the stops do not seem to be a big deal to the community, Moore said he is pleased they chose to stop at the local airport.
"It's been a banner day for us because they bought fuel," he said.
Moore estimated the airport sold about 4,000 gallons of fuel Friday. In March the airport sold a total of about 19,500 gallons of fuel for comparison.
"It is wonderful for us and we're tickled to death to have them here," Moore said.
This is not the first time military aircraft have chosen the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport as a fuel stop.
"Last year a few aircraft stopped here during training or something of the sort and bought fuel," Moore said. "With this second stop, I hope word has gotten out that we are a great place to fuel up and we are used more and more as a stopping point."