U.S. Army Reserve hold parachute training at OSU airport

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — If you noticed large planes circling the city’s northwest side on Sunday, you’re not alone.

About 60 U.S. Army Reserve paratroopers held practice drops on Don Scott Field at The Ohio State University Airport on Sunday afternoon.

In an effort to afford Army specialists training opportunities closer to home, the U.S. Army Reserves and Ohio State entered into a partnership in 2013 to allow the Columbus-based 412th Civil Affairs Battalion to conduct airborne training operations at the airport.

The training exercises began with a C-130 aircraft, filled with reservist paratroopers, taking off from Rickenbacker International Airport or Port Columbus International Airport. In previous exercises, the C-130 has made up to six passes over Don Scott Field, located on West Case Road in Columbus.

Officials attempted to train on Saturday as well, but winds canceled the exercise.

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