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Rep. John Carney, D-Del., is spending the congressional recess pushing his plan to allow the Air Force to target certain upgrades to the C-130H to keep the aircraft flying. He was in New Castle, Del., Monday to discuss the issue with National Guard leadership in his home state where the 166th Airlift Wing flies the venerable aircraft.

The lawmaker introduced legislation in July that would allow the Air Force to spend $2.5 million per aircraft to upgrade the navigation systems and meet changing international regulations that go into effect in 2020. Without the upgrades, the aircraft will be grounded. The bill went nowhere, however.

Read more: Lawmaker Seeks Support for C-130 Bill

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