Montgomery Regional Airport
Montgomery Regional Airport (Dannelly Field) is a "joint use" facility. The newest armory in the United States and the Alabama Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) are located on 64 acres south of the main runway. In addition, some of the world's best fighter pilots and support personnel call Montgomery Regional Airport (Dannelly Field) home. The Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Group has F-16 Fighting Falcons based at the airport and has been recognized as a leader in mission preparedness. The airport supports the Alabama Army and Air National Guard, and often times the Air Force will use MGM to take advantage of its long runway. It is not unusual to see Air Force C-141, C-5 and KC-135 aircraft at the airport.
Montgomery Regional Airport (Dannelly Field) is covers 2,000 acres six miles southwest of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. MGM has a very diverse population of users. MGM was once host to the Russian Antinov 124 which came to Montgomery from Europe loaded a full-size cotton gin on board and then flew nonstop from Montgomery to Athens. Commercial airline traffic is comprised of both jets and turbo-props. Of the four airlines that serve Montgomery, two fly jet (one is a regional jet) and the other two fly turbo-props. There is of course the usual mix of General Aviation aircraft. From single- engine two-seaters to the most sophisticated corporate jets and even a few home-built aircraft. MGM is even a favorite mooring place for transient blimps.
The Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is located south of the main runway and was built in 1996. The main runway is runway 10/28 constructed of asphalt (resurfaced in 1996) and is 9,001 feet long by 150 feet wide. There is a BAK-12 arresting cable located approximately 2,000 from the approach end of both runway 10 and 28. The BAK-12 will usually be deployed when the F-16s stationed at MGM are being launched or recovered. There are Instrument Landing Systems to both runway 10 and 28. The only other runway is runway 3/21. It measures 4,010 feet long by 150 feet wide with non-standard lighting.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to relocate the 117th Air Refueling Wing's firefighter positions from Birmingham International Airport Air Guard Station (AGS), AL, to Dannelly Field AGS.
In another recommendation, DoD recommended to realign Great Falls International Airport Air Guard Station, MT. It would distribute the 120th Fighter Wing's F-16s to the 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field AGS (three aircraft) and another installation. DoD recommended this realignment because Great Falls (117) ranked lower in military value than did Dannely (60).
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