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What’s up with the airplane circling east Wilmington for hours at a time?

Ken Little

A Boeing 747 from the Presidential fleet flies over downtown Wilmington while performing touch and goes at the Wilmington International Airport on Thursday, April 29, 2010. This does not appear to be the type of flight seen over east Wilmington in August 2012. Photo By Mike Spencer/STAR-NEWS

Q. What’s up with the airplane that has been circling east Wilmington (Eastwood Road area) for the past three days for hours at a time?

A. “We are not aware of any aircraft that is out of the ordinary that came in and out of ILM,” said Jon Rosborough, director of Wilmington International Airport.

ILM gets a fair amount of traffic from the presidential or vice presidential fleet of aircraft that use the airport for “touch and goes,” or takeoff and landing practice, but not during the time frame specified by the reader.

There is the possibility the aircraft in question is military in nature. If that is the case, it could have originated from several bases in the region.


Is there a secret underground military base at Wilmington International Airport?

What do film crews do about air traffic noise during shoots?

Am I allowed to take pictures around ILM if I am outside the fence?

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