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MANG's F-15s Head to California

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The first of nearly two dozen F-15 fighter jets assigned to the Montana Air National Guard have left Great Falls and are headed towards Fresno, Calif., just north of Los Angeles.

The move is part of the Fighter Wing changing its mission. One fighter left Tuesday, four more are scheduled to leave over the next few weeks and seven more will move in September. The final eight will move around October. Equipment related to the F-15s is also being moved to California.

MANG is also preparing for the arrival of eight C-130 cargo planes this fall. MANG officials say an environmental assessment needs to be completed, crew members need training and some construction needs to be done. The mission change is expected to cost MANG 45 full-time jobs and 35 part-time jobs.

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