Senator Coats Continues To Determine Fate Of A-10 Fighter Aircraft In Fort Wayne

By Maureen Mespell
By Max Resnik

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Senator Dan Coats met with Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Martin Umbarger Thursday to continue to determine the fate of A-10 fighter aircraft at Fort Wayne's 122nd Fighter Wing.

Coats says he, Umbarger, Governor Daniels and the National Guard in Washington are in close communication over the fate of the A-10s.

He says that from a budget standpoint, the government isn't trying to undo what's working at the 122nd, and if a proposal can be agreed upon to keep the A-10s, that's a possibility.

At the same time, he also says the 122nd is prepared to embrace the MC-12 Intelligence Aircraft.

Coats says regardless of which aircraft the 122nd flies, their reputation hasn't changed around the country.

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