- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s oldest naval air base is marking the halfway point of a $52 million overhaul.

A reopening with new runways is scheduled June 26 at Jacksonville Naval Air Station.

The Florida Times-Union reports (https://bit.ly/1kER2X1 ) that the project has torn up runways dating to the 1950s, uncovered fuel tanks buried for 70s years and the demolition of three obsolete hangars from World War II.

The new runways and taxiways measure about 200 football fields in length.

The naval air station opened in 1940. Plans to repair its runways have been in the works for five years, since the last comprehensive overhaul in 1967. Better runways were needed to handle new aircraft and training facilities.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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