Army wants to build special drone airstrip

Shadow UAV supports 24 hour operations

The Army wants to build a new airfield at the Yakima Training Center for soldiers to train with an unmanned aircraft system.

Soldiers already train with the Shadow, a small reconnaissance drone, at a shared runway at the Selah Airstrip several miles southwest of the center.

Manned aviation training has priority at the Selah airfield, and traffic is increasing, according to Army Corps of Engineers environmental assessment draft documents.

A new airfield with a parking lot, the Army says, will mean more training opportunities and, ultimately, better scouting for forces in combat.

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