Forum staff reports, Published April 24 2013
Dalrymple pushes for manned flying missionsFARGO – Gov. Jack Dalrymple told Secretary of Air Force Michael Donley on Wednesday that the 119th Wing’s existing C-21 aircraft should remain at the 119th Air National Guard Base here.
The Air Force has announced plans to discontinue its fleet of C-21 passenger aircraft by the end of fiscal 2014. The C-27J Spartan transport plane, which was to be the 119th Wing’s next manned flying mission, is under review. In addition to operating C-21 aircraft, the Fargo Air Guard also is home to a Predator drone mission.
Last week, Dalrymple spoke with Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, director of the Air National Guard.
Dalrymple said the Happy Hooligans have earned 15 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and logged more than 174,000 mishap-free flying hours. He said the Air Guard unit can operate a manned flying mission at lower cost to the Air Force.