New York Senators believe the Air Force will assign C-17 airlifters to the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart ANG Base sooner rather than later, so Sen. Charles Schumer (D) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) have requested funding to upgrade the unit’s C-5A hangars to accommodate the new transport, reports MidHudsonNews.com. Schumer cautioned the online news media that it’s “not a done deal, but it’s looking good.” He added that he had “good vibes” that the C-17s might arrive in “coming months.” There was concern last fall that the plan to begin replacing the wing’s elderly C-5As in 2010 had gone off track. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Schumer said the New York delegation is “increasingly optimistic” and had requested the funding now so the unit “can hit the ground running.”
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.