There are several airports in the northeast that risk losing federal funds due to reduced commercial operations. Pease in Portsmouth, NH
has even gone so far as to waive fees and fueling charges for troop charters that would normally land up in Bangor. These are World DC-10s and MD
-11s, and OAI DC-10s most often, but also North American 757s and 767s.
Anyway, Pease needs to hit certain operating metrics to ensure that it gets federal stimulus funds and this is a way to boost cycles and enplanements. Ironic that Pease has a whole bunch of KC
-135Rs of its own as part of the NHAG, which could be hitting the cycles for the airport. Problem is, they aren't lugging 300 passengers like those World MD
I was thinking that any airport needing touch & goes should contact places like McGuire and say, 'Come here with your C-17s!'
Do offers like that go out to bases like McGuire et al?