Congressman fighting for new aircraft

Mansfield News Journal

MANSFIELD — A decision to locate a new Joint Cargo Aircraft at the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Airport may be in jeopardy. That possibility concerns some local government and military officials.

The U.S. House defense appropriators plan to slash funding for the Air Force portion of a program shared by the Air Force and Army, according to a report Monday from U.S. Air Force Aim Points.

A cut in funding could jeopardize sending the new light-cargo C-27s to the 179th. The outfit already will lose eight larger C-130s in 2010 as a result of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decisions.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said the Congressman has put a high priority on lobbying House appropriations leaders and the military, to make sure funding isn’t cut.

To read the rest of this article, please click the source link above.

Congressman fighting for new aircraft »