by Michael Lowrey
So reports the Fayetteville Observer:
The home of the nation’s airborne forces may lose the only Fort Bragg unit capable of hauling paratroopers long distances.
An Air Force plan divulged in budget documents released Tuesday calls for retiring the force’s aging C-130H fleet.
On Fort Bragg, 12 C-130H planes constitute the entire 440th Airlift Wing inventory.
And what other Air Force unit based in North Carolina flies the C-130H? The N.C. Air National Guard based here in Charlotte!
Will attempt to track down the Air Force’s detailed budget documents to see exactly what’s going on.
Update: Here’s an October story from the Air Force Times on the debate about the number of C-130s the Air Force needs.