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Freight deliveries keep DeKalb airport busy

DeKALB – Cargo planes began landing as scheduled this week at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, delivering goods for a nearby manufacturing operation.

Airport Manager Tom Cleveland said DC-9 cargo aircraft have been delivering materials for Johnson Controls’ Sycamore plant. He said two DC-9 aircraft were at the airport's cargo ramp as of Wednesday morning, with others scheduled Wednesday night and the rest of the week.

“[The cargo] comes in here and they take it over to the plant in Sycamore, and then it’s shipped up to (the Chrysler plant in) Belvidere,” Cleveland said.

DC-9s are designed for short, frequent flights. They are among some of the largest aircraft that can use the airport, along with the Boeing 737-200 and -300 jetliner, Cleveland said.

“It appears they’re going to be coming in for the next few nights,” Cleveland said. “We’re getting cargo in for a business in the community. That’s what the airport’s here for.”

Attempts to reach Johnson Controls' Sycamore plant were unsuccessful Wednesday.

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