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End of an Era: Last C-130 Leaves North Carolina's Pope Field

A C-130 H2 transport aircraft from the 440th Airlift Wing stationed on Pope AFB, North Carolina, flying over North Carolina, Dec. 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo)
A C-130 H2 transport aircraft from the 440th Airlift Wing stationed on Pope AFB, North Carolina, flying over North Carolina, Dec. 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An era is over at Fort Bragg as the last C-130 cargo plane based at Pope Field has left.

Local media outlets report the plane flew out of Fayetteville on Wednesday for Arizona and the so-called "Boneyard" where the Air Force stores unused aircraft.

The plane's leaving is another step in the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope.

The Air Force announced plans to close down the unit more than two years ago when the wing had more than 1,250 active duty and civilian personnel. It also had 12 C-130s used to support the training of troops at Fort Bragg.

Now the unit has fewer than 400 personnel and it has no planes. Work now turns to closing the unit.

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