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Montana Air and National Guard Plan to Switch Planes in Spring

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The Montana Air and National Guard's plan to switch to C-130 airplanes will go on as planned.

Close to half of the 120th Fighter Wing's F-15 planes have already been moved to Fresno, California and aviators of those planes are beginning to train for their new mission.

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Smith confirmed that he is starting a C-130 pilot training course next week at Little Rock Air Force Base. This is scheduled to last approximately seven months.

Smith started flying F-16's in 1999 and in 2008 started learning how to fly the F-15's. He said he is the first member of Mang to attend the C-130 training.

They fly with a crew of five and the primary mission is to move people and cargo. If all goes as planned, the new planes are expected to arrive to Great Falls at some point in the spring.

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