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US Air Force gunship training unit to relocate to New Mexico

Added 11-29-20 12:35:02pm EST - “The U.S. Air Force has selected a base in New Mexico as the future home for its AC-130J aircraft and training force.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “US Air Force gunship training unit to relocate to New Mexico”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has selected a base in New Mexico as the future home for its AC-130J aircraft and training force.

Officials say Kirtland Air Force Base is their preferred site for the relocation of the Ghostrider Formal Training Unit since it would allow for training to be consolidated at one special operations location.

Col. Mike Curry said during a recent news conference that the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland already does training in variations of special operations C-130J aircraft that are similar to the AC-130J gunships.

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Curry said additional factors in the relocation involve the increasingly crowded airspace around Hurlburt, the similarities between New Mexico’s terrain and the geography of many of the places where the aircraft is deployed, and the proximity to two training ranges: the Melrose Air Force Range and White Sands Missile Range.

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