The Air Force 167th Airlift Wing, Argos Cement Plant and wildlife officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have teamed up to research black vultures in and around Martinsburg, West Virginia, in an effort to mitigate potential aviation hazards. About 50 of the black vultures living on Argos' property have been fitted on one wing with a coded red tag. That will let researchers track how they move and interact with the local environment. Black vulture aircraft strikes cost the Air Force more than $75 million from fiscal years 1995 to 2016. Black vultures are most common in Central America and the southeastern U.S.
AF Studies Vulture Strikes on Aircraft
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