Spokane base a finalist for tankers
That announcement was made jointly Wednesday by Washington senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
The three other finalists are Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma, McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. A decision is expected this spring.
Fairchild is currently home to KC-135 aerial refueling tankers and has invested over $400 million in base infrastructure over the last several decades.
The lawmakers say Fairchild already possesses much of the needed capacity to accommodate the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, including a 14,000 foot runway and a new wing command headquarters.
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