Air Force Tests Military Aircraft Landing On Portion Of Michigan State Highway

The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced on Thursday that a portion of Michigan State Highway M-32 in Alpena County will be closed on August 5.

The Air Force plans to close a portion of M-32 for five hours to test their ability to land military aircraft on roadways.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will close M-32 from east of Herron Road to west of King Settlement Road from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the exercise traffic will be detoured on M-65, Werth Road, US-23 and Ripley Street. The closure will be posted on MDOT’s travel information website and detour route signs will be inplace to help guide travelers through the area.

The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the Air Force’s 355th Fighter Wing from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the Air Force’s Special Operations Command from Duke Field, Florida will land four A-10 aircraft and two C-146 aircraft on the closed off portion of M-32 near the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center.

This landing operation is part of Northern Strike, an annual multi-national exercise hosted by the Michigan National Guard.

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