City backs Fairchild Air Force Base in getting new tankers

The Fairchild Air Force Base is pushing to get a new tankers on base and the Spokane City Council is backing them. KREM 2's Alexa Block has the story. (9/19/16)

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The Fairchild Air Force Base is pushing for new tankers on base, and the Spokane City Council is backing them on that decision.

Currently, there are five bases across the United States that are running to be the next location for the refueling tankers.

The Fairchild Air Force Base is well known as the long standing home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and the Washington Air National Guard’s 141 Refueling Wing.

 

 

The base would like to be the new home of the KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Refueling Tankers.

Scott King, a public affairs spokesperson for Fairchild Air Force, said the KC-46s will perform more efficiently at their base, and will have less maintenance issues.

King said the Air Force plans to replace 179 of its more than 400 tanker aircrafts with KC-46 Refuelers.

                                                    
City Council President Ben Stuckart said they wanted to do everything in their power to make sure Fairchild was next up for new tankers. 

 "We want to make sure that Spokane is given the most opportunities to land that,” said Stuckart.
 

"It's one of the largest contributors to our local economy. So Fairchild Air Force base it didn't exist here in Spokane it would hurt our local economy immensely. We'd have a giant hole in our community, added Stuckart.


Stuckart said Spokane is a strong contender, but there is some competition. They have even gone as far as writing a letter to send to an Air Force major general.


Air Force officials said they have been doing surveys right now on all the bases.


The Air Force is expected to announce which base will get the KC-46 tankers by the end of the year. 




 

(© 2016 KREM)


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