Navy still planning flights today

Published 11:32 am Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FRANKLIN—Despite the chance of rain today, the Navy is planning to go ahead with its demonstration flights at Franklin Municipal Airport, a spokesman said this morning.

“As of right now, they’re still planning to do it,” Ted Brown, a media relations officer for the Navy’s Fleet Public Affairs Office, said at mid-morning.

He said it’s possible that the weather could force the demonstration flights to be postponed until Thursday, but that decision would be made later.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. It is also expected to be breezy, with wind gusts up to 30 mph. The NWS is predicting a 70 percent chance of rain tonight.

The Navy plans to conduct demonstration flights at about 12:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The Navy announced earlier this month it intended to begin contract negotiations to use the city’s airport for field carrier landing practice.