Thursday, June 27, 2013

One million hours in the air with cargo plane earns award for Rhode Island Guard

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The 143rd Airlift Wing of the Rhode Island Air National Guard has flown one million hours in C-130J cargo aircraft, an achievement to be honored Friday by the Lockheed Martin Corp., the aircraft manufacturer.

"Since 1975, the C-130 has been a Rhode Island Air National Guard staple," Col. Arthur Floru, commander of the wing, said in a news release, "and along with our people has established the 143rd as a C-130J center of excellence."

The wing is to receive Lockheed Martin's Million Hour Operation Award.

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