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Schumer presses for new aircraft at Niagara base

WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer is pressing the Department of Defense to consider moving new aircraft and new missions to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Schumer said Tuesday that he had met with Gen. Darren McDew, commander of the Air Force Air Mobility Command, to make his pitch.

“NFARS has the infrastructure and is more than capable of handling new and additional aircraft, such as the KC-46A, C-130Js or the KC-135s, and it should be considered a prime location for these aircrafts,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “That’s why I urged General McDew to phase in new models and prioritize NFARS as a location for additional tankers as other aircraft come online.”