Bill to upgrade Youngstown air base planes one step closer to passing

The bill includes an amendment that directs the Air Force to prioritize upgrades to the new C-130J aircraft for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna

Vienna, Ohio Air Reserve Station

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which would bring updated equipment to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

The Senate still has to vote on the bill next week in order for it to pass.

The bill includes an amendment that directs the Air Force to spell out how it will prioritize upgrades to the new C-130J aircraft. The Youngstown Air Reserve Station uses C-130H aircraft.

The new aircraft have aerial spray, airborne firefighting and weather reconnaissance capabilities.

Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman have been pushing to replace the planes for the 910th Airlift Wing.


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