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The new military aircraft assigned to the New York Air National Guard Base have begun to arrive.

The first C-17 transport plane landed Monday at the airstrip shared with Stewart International Airport, according to the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

These planes are the replacement for the fleet of C-5As based here, which are being phased out. Stewart will eventually have eight C-17s.

A ceremony marking the transition is planned for Aug. 6. The plane, made by Boeing, is mainly for cargo transport but can also ferry more than 100 troops.

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

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