- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say a western New York air base needs to be expanded and improved ahead of its new mission.

The New York Democrats toured the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Monday with Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Last Monday, the C-130 cargo planes flown by the 914th Airlift Wing departed the base for the last time as part of a deployment. After more than 40 years of flying C-130s, the wing is switching to KC-135 refueling tankers as part of its new mission.

Schumer and Gillibrand are pushing for expanding the base to provide high-tech simulator training for new pilots and create additional jobs.

The senators say other upgrades needed to be made to accommodate the eight KC-135s that will be based there.

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