West Va. Gets First C-5, and More

West Va. Gets First C-5, and More: The West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing has received its first C-5 airlifter, the result of a deal struck in 2002 that is to base 10 of the mammoth cargo aircraft at the Martinsburg ANG facility. The Martinsburg Journal reports that the new mission—the unit currently flies C-130 tactical airlifters—will add some 200 full-time jobs. The wing will transition to the C-5 over the next two years as it sheds its C-130s. At a an arrival ceremony, the unit christened the C-5 the “Spirit of Emma,” in honor of the late wife of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.). Byrd told the audience that the 167th AW also would be named one of USAF’s three isochronal inspection sites. The Charlestown Herald-Mail quoted Byrd as saying the more than $220 million in new construction at the ANG facility “ain’t chicken feed.”