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Airlift mission not coming to Battle Creek
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The 110th Airlift Wing has learned they will not be getting a crucial new flight mission on top of the looming furloughs next month if the sequestration continues.
The hope was for the base to get eight C-130 cargo airplanes.
This is not the news the base was waiting for for months. Right now they do have two of the C-21 planes. They fly VIP's all across the United States.
The base commander tells us he learned the news Wednesday. The C-21's will only be on the base until the end of the year at the latest.
“Those workers will likely be working on the RPAMQ-9's more commonly known as drones,” said Colonel Ron Wilson.
That is expected to be up and running on base within two years.
There will be two pods, so to speak, where pilots can remotely control drones flying anywhere around the world, such as Afghanistan.
After months of waiting the C-130 cargo airplanes will not be coming to the 110 Airlift Wing in Battle Creek.