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MANG pilots begin C-130 training

MANG pilots begin C-130 training

GREAT FALLS — The Montana Air National Guard's mission change from F-15 fighter jets to C-130 cargo planes continues.

August 21, 2013 10:40 amLoading…
Military considers joining firefighting sooner

Military considers joining firefighting sooner

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 7:00 pm Related Loading…

Last 2 firefighting C-130 planes return home

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The last two military C-130 transport planes that have been fighting wildfires around the West have gone home.

September 17, 2012 3:27 pmLoading…

Montana drops lawsuit over F-15 transfers

HELENA — A federal judge on Monday dismissed the state’s lawsuit against the Defense Department over its plans to move F-15 fighter jets from the Montana Air National Guard base in Great Falls to California.

July 09, 2012 2:27 pmLoading…
No new parts, support for C-130 wildfire system

No new parts, support for C-130 wildfire system

CHEYENNE — The demise of the only company that manufactured a device specially designed to spray fire retardant from the back of U.S. military C-130 cargo planes has some experts worried about the future viability of a program that has helped fight wildfires for 40 years.

July 06, 2012 5:16 pm Related Loading…
Department of Defense agrees to halt plane transfers, for now

Department of Defense agrees to halt plane transfers, for now

HELENA — The Department of Defense is telling U.S. Senate leaders that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers of aircraft until Congress finalizes 2013 budget plans later this year, which could also further prevent those transfers.

June 22, 2012 5:01 pmLoading…
Veterans arrive in Billings for the first Big Sky Honor Flight

Veterans arrive in Billings for the first Big Sky Honor Flight

WWII Naval veteran Wade Smith enjoys a tour of a Navy C-130 at Billings Logan Airport after he was flown to Billings from his Butte home in a Cessna 180 to participate in the Honor Flight by pilot Chris Boyer. Angel Flight is an organization made up of private pilots who provide free airplan…

June 14, 2012 6:05 pm Photos

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As wildfires rage, modern tanker planes sought

As wildfires rage, modern tanker planes sought

CHEYENNE — President Barack Obama signed a bill this week hastening the addition of seven large tanker planes to the nation's rundown aerial firefighting fleet, at a cost of $24 million. The same day, two C-130 military transport planes designed for that very purpose sat on a tarmac in Cheye…

June 14, 2012 2:22 pm Related Loading…

Perry: Feds erring over plan to move cargo planes

FORT WORTH, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry says a proposal to shift eight Air Force planes used for disaster relief from Texas to Montana ranks as "one of the worst decisions" the federal government has made.

April 11, 2012 11:47 amLoading…

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