Less Costly Way to Modernize Cargo Planes at Dover Air Base

Jul 18, 2014

Credit Air Force

WASHINGTON (AP) - Delaware Congressman John Carney has introduced a bill that would make it less expensive to modernize the fleet of C-130H cargo planes at Dover Air Force Base.

Carney, a Democrat, notes that the Delaware Air National Guard's flying mission could end in 2020 unless the planes are upgraded and modernized. That's when the current fleet will be inoperable because of federal and international safety regulations.

Carney's bill gives the Air Force the option to modernize just the navigation systems of the planes, which he says would save $12 million per aircraft.

It was introduced on Wednesday by Carney and Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.