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Spokane base a finalist for tankers

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SPOKANE -- Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is a finalist to become the first base to operate the next generation of air refueling tanker planes.
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.
Story tags » Military aviationSpokaneAir Force

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