CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Sen. Robert C. Byrd was instrumental in
stopping the federal government from transferring Air National
Guard cargo planes out of West Virginia.
On Thursday, the Guard will show its appreciation one last time.
A C-130 is flying the late U.S. senator's casket from Maryland's
Andrews Air Force Base to Charleston's Yeager Airport on Thursday
evening for an overnight public viewing and Friday memorial
Byrd's close friend, state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett, is in charge
of seeing that the casket and body are returned to Andrews on
Tackett says Byrd helped secure federal funding for the C-130s
and thwarted attempts at taking them away. So it's fitting that one
of those aircraft is carrying the senator to his final homecoming.
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