Aircraft Switch to Add 27 Jobs at Western New York Air Base

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Members of New York's congressional delegation says the U.S. Air Force's decision to transfer eight KC-135 refueling aircraft to the Niagara Falls air base will add more than two dozen new jobs at the facility.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the Air Force has budgeted more than $25 million in 2017 for the conversion process at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Officials announced earlier this month that the C-130 airlift planes at the base will be replaced by KC-135s. Schumer and Gillibrand announced Monday that the conversion to the refueling aircraft will add 27 new full-time employees at the base next year.

The base is home to Air Force Reserve and New York Air National Guard units.

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