An Army National Guard aviation facility near Lansing is getting new helicopters for use in military missions, search and rescue efforts and other flights.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the Grand Ledge facility has received the first of what will be four UH-72 Lakota helicopters to replace its OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. Officials say the new helicopters are more efficient than many older models.
Warrant Officer Troy VanAlstine of Charlotte described flying the newer helicopter as "the difference between a Cadillac and a Chevette."
The new helicopters, which can carry eight passengers at up to 160 miles per hour, join existing Blackhawks as the primary helicopters used by the National Guard. The Grand Ledge aviation facility has 60 full-time personnel managing a fleet of 28 helicopters.