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165th Airlift Wing receives new aircraft

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A brand new aircraft made its way to Savannah’s Air National Guard base Thursday.

The 165th Airlift Wing receiving a new C-130 H3, the first of eight replacements expected to take place in a year.

The upgrades are replacing the current 165th AW fleet to other models that are about 15 years newer.

"It adds a lot of longevity to the fleet, a minimum of nine years and maybe up to 14 years,” said BG Jesse Simmons, U.S. Air Force.

These upgrades also go along with $17.5 million flight line upgrades and help the Wing accomplish their mission.

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