Burnet repairing airport runway before Airsho

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21. Repairs to the taxiway will take place the week before the Bluebonnet Airsho, which is scheduled for September 8.





On Saturday, July 21, the Highland Lakes Squadron's Douglas C-47 known to everyone as the Bluebonnet Belle crashed at the Burnet Municipal Airport, causing damage to the taxiway and the closure of the area until repairs are made.

At the regular Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 28, it was presented to the Council that the Commemorative Air Force insurance, which covers claims at the airport, would not be able to complete the insurance process and repair the taxiway in time for the Bluebonnet Airsho scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Council was faced with the choice of repairing the taxiway and later being reimbursed by CAF, or leaving the area closed until the completion of the insurance process, which would be well past the date of the event.

An estimate of $46,121.47 was given by Oldcastle Materials Texas, Inc. dba Wheeler making for a $50,000 impact on the City's budget. Council voted to cover this cost and be reimbursed at a later date, opting for the repair of the taxiway in time for the 2018 Bluebonnet Airsho. The $50,000 will not be taken from the City's general fund, but rather the Airport fund, which, according to City Manager David Vaughn, is in good standing.

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