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Colo Air Reserve unit gets 13th C-130 cargo plane

8:58 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - An Air Force Reserve unit at Peterson Air Force Base is getting an additional C-130 cargo plane, bringing its total to 13.

The plane will be assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing sometime in fiscal 2014, which starts on Oct. 1.

The 302nd said Thursday the plane is considered a backup and the unit will not get additional crews or funding.

C-130s are four-engine aircraft capable of carrying helicopters, armored vehicles, smaller equipment on pallets and personnel.

About 1,300 reservists are assigned to the 302nd, including about 200 who are employed full-time as Air Reserve technicians.

The wing's duties include firefighting missions when civilian wildfire managers need additional planes.

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