City leaders are on cloud nine after landing a deal to bring new life to Dallas Executive Airport.
B-29 and B-17 bombers will be part of the Commemorative Air Force's war plane collection that's moving from Midland to Dallas, along with the non-profit's national headquarters and a new $40 million visitor center.
With each air show expected to attract up to 20,000 people, city leaders say it will propel the entire area in a positive direction.
While the CAF doesn't officially move until the fall, there's already turbulence with some nearby neighbors, who aren’t thrilled about the potential of added planes and noise.
“When I’m sitting in my backyard, I can see the pilots in the plane,” said Helen Harts. “That's how close it’s flying already.”
Starting in the fall, the deal will bring in an extra dozen or so planes to the airport a day.
Harts’ frustration brought her face-to-face with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
“I live a mile from here and it’s already horrific,” she said.
The CAF says it plans to be a good neighbor by only operating sun up to sun down. It also says its war planes are quieter than private planes.
The city is also taking noise into account while planning runways.
“We'll make sure that we minimize it as much as we can, but you know what, this is a rock concert for airplane lovers,” said Rawlings. “This is cool.”
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