Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Air Force Considering Conversion In WV

The C-5A transport planes operated by the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing could be replaced with more versatile C-17 aircraft. The 167th is one of three Airlift Wing units that the Air Force is considering for the conversion. The others are in New York and Tennessee. A draft environmental assessment says the conversion would result in a reduction of 216 personnel at the 167th's base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport near Martinsburg. According to the assessment, the C-5A aircraft have limited strategic function, while the C-17 planes are more able to accomplish multiple tasks. The conversion would be completed by 2012.

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