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171st Refueling Wing Could Receive New Aircraft

The Air Force has named the Moon Township base a candidate to receiving the Boeing KC-46A refueling aircraft.

The 171st Refueling Wing in Moon Township has been named a candidate base to receive new Boeing KC-46A refueling aircraft, according to an Air Force statement

Four other Air National Guard bases have also been selected as candidates to receive the KC-46A tanker, including installations in Ohio, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Kansas.

The Air Force is seeking to establish two main mobile operating bases for the aircraft—one an Air National Guard base and the other an active-duty Air Force base. 

The 171st Refueling Wing is now home to more than a dozen KC-135 tankers, which were manufactured in the 1950s. The newer KC-46A is capable of carrying more cargo and fuel than its predecessor, according to the Air Force. 

Establishing the new mobile bases is the first of a three-phase effort to replace more than 400 KC-135s across the country. 

The Air National Guard base selected will receive the new aircraft in 2018, according to the Air Force statement. 

Air Force officials will tour the candidate bases and begin performing an environmental impact analysis in the spring of 2013. 

John Emery January 10, 2013 at 06:52 PM
No unit deserves it more than the 171st!
RealMoonResident January 11, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Nice ! I'll be very surprised if Boeing sticks to its schedule, but I'm sure it would be a great reward to everyone there, flight and maintenance, to be given new hardware. Not only is it a more capable aircraft, but their training and experience would be more relevant to industry. The KC-46A is based on the Boeing 767 and will be using modern turbofan engines and a modern flight deck. Their flight operations will also be more similar to modern commercial aircraft.

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