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Air Force Lists Potential New KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Bases

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The U.S. Air Force has identified six candidate military bases for the Boeing-built KC-46A Pegasus tanker platform to be operated by the branch's reserve component and two potential locations to house active-duty aircraft units.

USAF said Thursday it will conduct site surveys this summer to evaluate each facility based on a set of criteria such as operational requirements, manpower and infrastructure. The service expects to choose its preferred locations in the fall.

Boeing delivered USAF's first KC-46A in January 2019 and received a $2.12 billion contract in early 2021 to manufacture the seventh batch of aerial refueling aircraft.

Fairchild AF Base and MacDill AFB are the potential sites to host the KC-46 active-duty component. The candidate KC-46A Reserve locations are:

  • Beale AFB
  • Grissom Air Reserve Base
  • Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Field Washington
  • March ARB
  • Niagara Falls ARB
  • Tinker AFB, Oklahoma