The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) in Brunswick, Maine, recently gave Kestrel Aircraft Co. the keys to its new hangar at the soon-to-be disestablished Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB). While the airfield is not yet open to the public, the Navy granted special permission for the company to land its JP-10 aircraft on the runway so the company can begin developing and producing its composite-based turboprop aircraft.
“Flying the Kestrel onto the runways at the future Brunswick Executive Airport was exhilarating,” said Steve Levesque, executive director of MRRA. “This is a beautiful plane, and I am thrilled that it was the first aircraft to land since the Navy closed the airfield in January.”
Kestrel Aircraft Co. announced its intentions of setting up shop at Brunswick Landing in June, investing more than $100 million and creating up to 300 jobs.