Pouring Money into Outdated Airfields

Each year, Oklahoma is among states that get $150,000 federal grants to operate small, isolated airfields (one in southern Oklahoma is rarely used; it’s mostly passing pilots’ pit stop). The payments are from a 13-year-old congressional fund for about 80 similar airfields (no traffic, no planes kept onsite), described in a February Washington Post investigation as “ATM[s] shaped like [airports].” Congress no longer requires the money be spent on actual airports drawing the grants.