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Why are E-2C military aircraft flying over Wilmington?

Cecil Hester

A Navy E-2C Hawkeye is show on Dec. 17, 2007. The Hawkeye is the Navy’s all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George R. Kusner, U.S. Navy.

Q. I’ve seen what I think are E-2C aircraft are flying over Wilmington. Are these aircraft, in fact, E2-C planes? Why are they periodically flying in the area?

A. It’s unusual, but E-2C aircraft do occasionally engage in touch and go practice landings at Wilmington International Airport, according to Gary W. Broughton, the airport’s director of operations. Airport directors have no authority over military operations, he said. The military seem to be using the aircraft for military training.


Is there a regulation on how late military aircraft such as the Osprey can practice landings at ILM?

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

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