AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- There was a lot of disappointment from the Spokane community Wednesday among those who pushed to get a new tanker deal approved at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Leaders in the West Plains worry about the future of Fairchild, not only for the people living near the base but also for the entire region. They said the base has a huge economic impact on the area.
Fairchild was a finalist to host a fleet of KC 46-A tankers but ultimately lost the contract to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.
Supporters of Fairchild believe it is well positioned to get one of the next rounds of new tankers. They argued the KC 46-A contract was crucial to keeping the base open.
Leaders pointed out Fairchild was named as an alternate location. If an Air Force environmental study determines McConnell isn’t ready for new tankers, Fairchild would get the contract by default.