- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - For more than two decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been flying hurricane-hunter aircraft out of Hangar 5 at MacDill Air Force Base.

The Tampa Tribune (https://bit.ly/1SUT5pw) reports the Air Force wants the hangar back and NOAA will have to vacate by July 1, 2017.

It is unclear where the NOAA operation will go, whether to another location on base, somewhere off base, or out of the Tampa area entirely. Hangar 5 is home to NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center, which directs three Hurricane Hunter aircraft and six other specialized environmental monitoring planes.

NOAA and the Air Force are discussing what comes next, and a spokesman says is exploring both short- and long-term aircraft facility solutions.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, https://www.tampatrib.com


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