Are Military Spy Planes Coming To Niagara Falls?

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM EDT

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW ) Local leaders are looking at options to keep the Niagara Air Reserve Station going strong.

During an economic summit meeting in Amherst Tuesday, U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul explained her idea to bring in military spy planes to the base, along with other missions.

Representatives in the Falls say the survival of the Base is critical.

Last week as part of an effort by the Federal Government to cut 500 billion dollars in the defense budget over the next ten years, the Air Force released a restructuring proposal which includes many changes to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

The base could lost 3 aircraft, with eight others planned to be updated. Next year ( 3 ) C-130 cargo planes could could be shipped out, and the 107th Airlift Wing could lose their mission.

In 2017 even more changes could be made, which could mean the lost of more than 800 jobs on the base.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow developments at the Base, including whether spy planes would be parked there.