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Solar Eclipse Will Drive Heavy Air Traffic To Salem's Airport

The Salem Municipal Airport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. 

The Salem Municipal Airport on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. 

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

With a million visitors destined for Oregon to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, gridlock is a guarantee.

Not just in our cities and on our highways, but also in our skies and on our runways.

Salem Municipal Airport is bracing for one of its biggest traffic days in recent history, maybe ever.

At least 115 private and chartered aircraft from up and down the West Coast are scheduled to descend on McNary Field — with 20 on a waiting list — and that’s in addition to the 175 aircraft that are based at McNary Field.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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