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NORFOLK (AP) -- The Navy will consider using the runway at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility as a site for practice landings by pilots.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Navy announced its decision Thursday. E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound pilots would practice touch-and-go maneuvers and low-altitude passes.

Pilots of the propeller planes now use Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake and also practice in Jacksonville, Fla. To ease congestion at Fentress and save travel costs, the Navy is trying to find a field closer to home.

The Navy also is looking at using Emporia's local airport.

A pilot involved in the search, Cmdr. Matt Baker, had complained that the Wallops option was being ignored.

Fleet Forces Command spokesman Ted Brown says an investigation found that none of Baker's allegations were substantiated.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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