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CORAOPOLIS, Pa. — The Air Force says plans to close the 911th Airlift Wing near Pittsburgh will save about $354 million by 2018, though lawmakers and other opponents of the move take issue with that estimate.
The Beaver County Times says Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., revealed the numbers at a public forum Monday.
Murphy still contends the Air Force can't close the base without congressional approval because it has more than 300 civilian employees — though the Air Force report puts that number at 287.
The Air Force wants to close the base because it says the seven C-130 refueling planes there are among the oldest in the fleet.
Murphy says the Air Force could save money by retiring similar planes elsewhere, and says the base is cheaper to operate than others because it's near Pittsburgh International Airport.