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Tac Air's new facility features B17-G model airplane, Military Situation Room

by Morgan Duerden
Friday, February 4th, 2022

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Amarillo, Texas (KVII) — Tac Air, which serves Amarillo’s non-commercial aircraft passengers, has opened its new facility.

With the new renovations, the fixed base operator has nearly doubled its terminal space and added unique features to meet the growing market in Amarillo.

Jeremy VanDyke, Tac Air General Manager, said the company has been serving the aviation community in Amarillo since 1993. However, as the city grew over the years, so did the demand for Tac Air’s services which meant it was time to expand.

“We have now completed construction of this 8,600 square foot executive terminal and we are really excited to welcome the general aviation, military and business aircraft flying into Amarillo,” VanDyke said.

The new facility is equipped with Tac Air’s first Military Situation Room where service members can conduct training as well as store their gear. The Pilot’s Lounge has sleeping rooms and showers. There is also a Safe Room in case of severe weather.

Many of the building’s features are tailored to this region, including the model airplane in the lobby, which speaks to the yellow city's close ties to aviation.

“We chose the B17-G model because of the history of the B-17 at this airfield as one of the original MRO stations back when this was Amarillo Army Air Field,” VanDyke said.

At Amarillo Army Air Field mechanics and technicians were trained to be the “Guardians of the B-17,” an aircraft known for its high-flying and toughness.

Mike Connor, Director of Aviation at Rick Husband International said they have seen a lot of growth in corporate and general aviation traffic. He believes this new building is a great representation of Amarillo.

“When people fly in, they see this beautiful facility,” Connor said. “It’s probably the first time they have been here in many cases, and you know it gives them a really good opinion of, hey Amarillo is not just this podunk town in the middle of nowhere we are actually up with the times.”

With this facility, Tac Air says they are ready to help propel Amarillo into continued growth for many years to come.

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