Large military planes to use HIA through weekend

Large military transport planes will be landing and taking off at Harrisburg International Airport through Monday as part of an emergency-preparedness exercise.

Several U.S. Air Force C-5’s and C-17’s will make their way in and out of the airport for the exercise during the next few days, according to a Pennsylvania National Guard news release.

The planes are among the largest military aircraft in the world.

“It’s not every day we get a chance to see these large cargo planes in our area,” said Captain Jay Ostrich, spokesman for the 193rd Special Operations Wing, which will host the aircraft. “If you see an increase in military aircraft overhead, don’t worry, it’s all a part of a controlled and carefully planned exercise designed to help our hometown heroes best prepare for real-world emergencies and disasters.”

The exercise, dubbed Vigilant Guard, is a quarterly national exercise designed to improve cooperation and effectiveness between National Guard units and state and federal first responders in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events.

Pennsylvania is scheduled to host Vigilant Guard through May 18.

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