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General Says 50-50 Chance Guard Will Get Cargo Planes

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C-27 Cargo Plane (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty ImagesNews)

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard says there’s still a 50-50 chance that the state will ultimately receive four C-27 aircraft in 2013 for the 103rd Airlift Wing in Granby.

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization report, which authorized the president’s request of $480 million to build nine C-27 Spartan cargo planes for national guard units across the country.

But Connecticut National Guard chief, Maj. Gen. Thaddeus Martin, tells The Associated Press there’s still no guarantee that the program won’t be scuttled.

Martin has said the C-27s are vulnerable because the Air Force is looking to make cuts.

The Connecticut Air National Guard currently has nine C-21 Learjets that are slated to be replaced with the cargo planes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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