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Peterson Air Force Base to test new helicopter pad at Cheyenne Mountain

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 12:13:47-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — A new helicopter landing pad at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station will be tested and certified starting Thursday morning, according to Peterson Air Force Base officials.

In order for the pad to be certified, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron will have to ensure the helicopter can land and take-off successfully several times.

The test will have landing lights, approach lights and beacon lights in use. A spokesperson with PAFB said this is the first landing pad at the CMAFS.

The 21st Space Wing at PAFB "provides missile warning and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command through a network of command and control units and ground and space-based sensors operated by geographically separated units around the world," according to the base's website.

The test may bring loud noises and have bright lights for the duration of the test. If you have any concerns, you can call (719) 556-5185.