Colorado Senators Ken Salazar and Wayne Allard say they'll push to have six helicopters permanently stationed at a unique military aviation training site near Gypsum, Colorado.
The Colorado Army National Guard's High-Altitude Aviation Training Site is based at the Eagle County Airport.
It's the only place in the United States where pilots can practice flying in the high-altitude conditions they see in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Salazar says the military has to bring in helicopters whenever it sends pilots to use the site.
He said more pilots could get the training if aircraft were based there.
He hopes to add an amendment to a defense spending bill that would require the Army to examine potential cost savings of permanently basing six new Blackhawk, Chinook and Lakota helicopters there.
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