C-130s Leave Niagara Falls for Final Deployment

Four Hercules aircraft left Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y., on May 9 for a deployment to US Central Command, marking the first time since Desert Storm and the last time ever a four-ship of C-130s will fly away from the station for deployment. The 914th Airlift Wing is transitioning to the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling mission soon, according to a Niagara Falls press release. “It’s going to be a little difficult for me to say goodbye,” CMSgt. Mike Zimmerman, the 328th Aerial Port Squadron loadmaster superintendent said, calling it “the best aircraft” ever built. The deployed airmen will be part of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and are slated to return to New York in the fall.