By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas city officials have approved a $700,000 relocation grant for the Commemorative Air Force to help move its headquarters from Midland.

The Commemorative Air Force is a vintage military aviation group known for its historic planes, air shows and education efforts. Officials with the nonprofit announced in April that it wanted to relocate its headquarters from Midland International Airport to the Dallas Executive Airport.

CAF president Stephan Brown said the Dallas airport was chosen because “we felt this was a better opportunity to fulfill our mission.”

The City Council approved the grant Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News ( ) reported. Several council members voiced their support for the organization’s move to the Dallas airport, while addressing some neighbors’ concerns about aircraft noise.

“I’ve been living there for 34 years and the flight pattern is right over my house,” said councilman Tennell Atkins, going on to promise that “we are here to protect the neighborhood. We understand about noise abatement.”

CAF has told the city it won’t host more than three air shows a year. When it does, it will be on weekends and during daylight hours.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said the city’s landing of CAF would be good for the airport and the development of the area around it.

“We need people coming to southern Dallas,” Rawlings said, adding “we can all be proud they have chosen Dallas. . In the great scheme of things this is huge, huge news.”


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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