For almost 60 years, the Kansas Highway Patrol has protected the public from the sky.
It's helped hunt down fugitives. It's helped search for missing seniors and children. It's rushed needed blood to hospitals.
The Highway Patrol relies on a fleet of five aircraft, some of which are aging and aren't always the most reliable.
One plane is 41 years old. Another is 21. Two planes lack the infrared heat cameras needed to search at night.
It's an emerging law enforcement issue