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Governors Say It's Plane Wrong

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U. S. Department of Defense

The United States Air Force is considering budget cuts that could mean moving a squadron of National Guard C-130s from Texas to Montana.

Why does Florida Governor Rick Scott care?  He and other Gulf Coast governors say the plan would hinder rescue and recovery efforts following hurricanes.

Governor Scott -- along with Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Robert Bentley of Alabama -- sent a letter this week to President Obama asking that he intervene.

The planes belong to the Air National Guard and are now stationed in Fort Worth.  Texas Governor Rick Perry tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that moving them would leave all the Gulf states without Air Guard C-130s.

The C-130s are used to carry supplies and rescue workers to hurricane-stricken areas within hours.  The governors fear moving them to Montana could delay that effort by days.

- Read about the C-130 Hercules
- National Hurricane Center

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