Future of Westover C-5 planes

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been more than a year since the Pentagon suggested moving eight C-5 cargo planes out of Westover Air Reserve Base; a proposal which, if implemented, would have a severe impact on Westover jobs, and the Western Massachusetts economy.

22News caught up with Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield at the Air Reserve Base Sunday. Neal said there’s still no final decision on the fate of the giant cargo planes that have long been synonymous with Westover.

“Well I think in terms of realignment, I think this decision is pending, and we’ll have ample opportunity to discuss that,” said Neal. “The proposals are anything but a done deal.”

There’s no word on when there will be a final decision.

People who do business close to the base have already predicted an economic downturn if Westover should lose any of its iconic C-5 cargo planes.

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