And then there were 2

Published 12:56 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015


And then there were two.

Almost nine years after two gigantic hangars were built to house C-130s for maintenance operations at South Alabama Regional Airport, each hangar is housing an aircraft.

In June, a NASA aircraft landed at SARA for five months of work. Monday, a second C-130 landed for maintenance operations.

The Kearns Group of Daleville and Pinnacle Solutions of Huntsville are performing aircraft modifications for NASA on their C-130 Aircraft that has been housed here since June. The modifications include both electrical and structural modifications to the airframe, along with other minor installations, according to a release from The Kearns Group. Pinnacle is the prime contractor.

The Kearns Group recently entered a short-term lease agreement with the Southeast Alabama Regional Airport Authority for the hangars, most recently leased by DRS. When the lease agreement was entered, work on the aircraft that arrived this week was not yet scheduled.

Ronnie Kearns of the Kearns Group confirmed that his group is performing modifications for a second aircraft, but said he could not disclose details.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with South Alabama Regional Airport in this effort,” Kearns said.

In September, Kearns met in closed session with members of the South Alabama Regional Airport Authority to discuss the possibility of locating additional businesses in their facilities.