U.S. Air Force inks $6.7 million deal with Oklahoma’s Air and Space Port
BURNS FLAT, Okla. — The U.S. Air Force isn’t sending anyone into space from western Oklahoma, but it did award an important $6.7 million contract to the Oklahoma Air and Space Port in Burns Flat.
It allows the Air Force to base training operations there for the 97th Air Mobility Wing from Altus Air Force Base, and the 71st Flying Training Wing from Vance Air Force Base over five years.
The Oklahoma Air and Space Port is a public-use airport and industrial airpark that has facilities in place for aerospace testing, research and development, flights and launches.
It is one of America’s 10 spaceports – the only one with an FAA-approved spaceflight corridor not in restricted airspace or Military Operation Areas (MOAs).
The airport is home to one of the country’s longest and the widest runways (13,503-foot by 300-foot concrete runway) available for both civilian and military use.