By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Air National Guard base here has decided to use the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport for its air drop training missions, officials said.
The Air Guard used to conduct the missions at the airport, but it had to find a new area to train because the site it had been using is where the Sino-Swearingen LP jet plant is being built.
The Air Guard wanted to conduct training flights over a 300-acre site in the extreme northwest corner of Clarke County, Va. But some residents there opposed the plan because they were concerned about safety, noise from the airplanes and a potential decline in property values.