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Last of the C-130s leaves Niagara Falls air base

The last C-130 Hercules transport aircraft left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Wednesday, according to an announcement from the base.

The giant transport planes had been stationed at Niagara Falls for 47 years, but the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve is now an Air Refueling Wing, flying KC-135 Stratotankers that can be used to refuel other planes in mid-air. The unit has eight of the refueling planes, which began arriving Feb. 1.

"Now that the C-130 is actually leaving, it's really hitting home, but the future looks to be absolutely outstanding and getting better," said Col. Brian Bowman, commander of the 914th.

The other unit at the base, the 107th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard, has been shifted to a drone control mission, although drones are not actually stored at Niagara Falls.

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