BRUNSWICK – The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority today welcomed the first airplane to land at the Brunswick Naval Air Station since its airfields were closed in January.

Steve Levesque, Executive Director of the MRRA, said the Navy granted special permission for Kestrel Aircraft Company’s JP-10 carbon composite business aircraft to land at the airfield on Thursday.

In June, Kestrel announced its intentions to move its operations to Brunwick Landing – the Navy base’s new name. Kestrel said it would invest more than $100 million to create up to 300 jobs in Brunswick.

Levesque said permitting Kestrel to fly in and out of the base will allow the company to begin developing and producing its composite-based turboprop aircraft.