WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is pushing for a quick upgrade of the cargo planes flown out of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Gillibrand, D-N.Y., included language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that would require the U.S. Air Force to provide a timeline for returning eight more modern C-130H3s to the 914th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls.
In a 2005 restructuring that had the reserve unit working with the Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing, the Air Force moved those new-model planes out of Niagara Falls and to other bases, sending older C-130H2s to Niagara instead. Now, though, the 107th is starting a drone mission, and the newer cargo planes are set to return to Niagara at some point.
“After the mission change for the Air National Guard unit also stationed at Niagara, I asked the Air Force for an update on the return of the newer C-130H3 models to the 914th Airlift Wing,” said Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I believe we need an exact timeline for when we can expect them home, and I will continue to fight for our base.”