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Altus getting new helicopter training facility

ALTUS, Okla_Altus could soon have some 50 new jobs and maybe many more.

On Friday, Senator Jim Inhofe joined other dignitaries in welcoming Sikorsky Aircraft's new Blackhawk helicopter training academy to town.

The company said it's excited about coming to Southwest Oklahoma because of all the open land and air space.

Sikorsky said the new training academy will train foreign students, mostly from the United Arab Emirates. It'll take place in the old Quartz Mountain Aerospace Plant.

Sikorsky has been building Blackhawks for more than 30 years and they're being used today around the world.

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