Chennault welcomes special aircraft for refurbishment

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – Spirits are flying high at Chennault International Airport, as the U.S. Government P-3 Orion Aircraft landed as it prepares for maintenance and repair.

Chennault International Airport has been a staple for Lake Charles since World War II, securing jobs and investments for the region since its rejuvenation in 1986.

Kevin Melton, the Executive Director at Chennault International Airport, says “my focus as the executive director, is community development, and to grow this portion of Lake Charles, to produce further jobs.”

With that legacy in mind, the airport continues that same history as the Northrop Grumman Corporation brings yet another project to the area.

The project is the refurbishment of the P-3 Orion fleet, comprised of 14 P-3 aircraft.

Northrop serves as one of the largest employers at Chennault International Airport, maintaining roughly 1,000 employees.

Melton explains that the P-3 Orion refurbishment project will help to increase the area’s economic diversity.